Two Rockets Fired From Syria Explode in Golan, IDF Responds With Artillery Fire

Four rockets fired in total, two explosions identified; Hermon resort evacuated.

Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Gil Eliyahu
Gil Eliyahu

Four rockets were fired from Syria on Tuesday afternoon, two of which exploded in open areas of Israel's Golan Heights. The Israel Defense Forces responded with artillery fire, and identified a hit on the source of the rockets.

Officials assume that the rocket attack was a joint effort by Hezbollah and the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in the wake of the recent airstrike in Syria.

The IDF earlier was investigating whether the rockets were fired intentionally or were spillover from the civil war in Syria.

Lebanese sources said that the rockets were fired toward a rebel-run field hospital in the village of Jubhata al-Khashab in the Quneitra province of the Syrian Golan.

The 107mm rockets were fired from a distance of about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles). The source was identified as a Syrian position, and the IDF's return fire made a direct hit.

Sirens sounded in the Golan towns and villages of Odem, Al-Roum, Bukata, Majdal Shams, Masa'da, Neve Atib, Nimrod and Ein Kanya. Residents reporting hearing explosions. There were no injuries in Israel.

Tourists were evacuated from the Hermon ski resort after the sirens were sounded. Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that roadblocks had been erected in the Golan Heights to prevent traffic from entering.

This was the first cross-border incident between Israel and Syria since an attack on Quneitra two weeks ago killed an Iranian general and six Hezbollah operatives.

The army has installed concrete blocks on the Lebanon border as part of defense efforts following the airstrike in Syria last week that the foreign media has attributed to Israel.

According to a military source, the blocks were deployed amid concerns of possible shooting attacks. The army has also beefed up infantry, artillery and armored forces in the area.

Also, the air force has been ready to react more quickly since the attack in Syria. Iron Dome anti-missile batteries were reportedly deployed in the north, as well.

Early Sunday evening, the army noticed suspicious movements on the Lebanese side of the border near the Ramim Ridge, in the northeast. It briefly closed a number of roads in the area.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

SUBSCRIBE
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

The projected rise in sea level on a beach in Haifa over the next 30 years.

Facing Rapid Rise in Sea Levels, Israel Could Lose Large Parts of Its Coastline by 2050

Tal Dilian.

As Israel Reins in Its Cyberarms Industry, an Ex-intel Officer Is Building a New Empire

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III and a British synagogue.

How the Queen’s Death Changes British Jewry’s Most Distinctive Prayer

Newly appointed Israeli ambassador to Chile, Gil Artzyeli, poses for a group picture alongside Rabbi Yonatan Szewkis, Chilean deputy Helia Molina and Gerardo Gorodischer, during a religious ceremony in a synagogue in Vina del Mar, Chile last week.

Chile Community Leaders 'Horrified' by Treatment of Israeli Envoy

Queen Elizabeth attends a ceremony at Windsor Castle, in June 2021.

Over 120 Countries, but Never Israel: Queen Elizabeth II's Unofficial Boycott