Two Syria Rockets Explode in Israel's North Overnight

Israeli army does not rule out Hezbollah involvement in rocket fire.

Gili Cohen
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Two rockets were found near a military outpost on Mt. Hermon in northern Israel on Saturday morning, hours after explosions were reported in the region during the night.

The Israeli military at first said that it estimated that this was not a deliberate attack, but a result of stray fire by one of the warring factions in Syria's civil war. However, later on Saturday the Israel Defense Forces said that the preliminary assessment has been changed and it is currently exploring all possibilities, including that the rockets were fired by Hezbollah.

The IDF statements came after unconfirmed reports claiming that the Lebanese militia was behind the attack.

A Northern Command officer who spoke to reporters last week said that most recent incidents on the Israeli-Syrian border were a result of stray fire, but added that the military is aware of at least three separate incidents where Syrian

soldiers targeted Israeli targets. These included an IED device that damaged an army jeep and shootings in the Mt. Hermon region.

The last few days have seen rising tensions in Israel's north, particularly after the alleged Israeli strike on a Syrian missile convoy intended for Hezbollah, in Lebanon.

Hezbollah has vowed to retaliate, leading to heightened alert in the region. Farmers have been instructed to stay away from the border for fear of snipers, and IDF firing squads were asked to remain vigilant.

Israeli soldiers on the Golan Heights in 2011.Credit: AFP

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