Syrian Anti-aircraft Shells Launched at Golan Fail to Reach Israel, Army Says

Incident follows two rockets fired at Mount Hermon on Saturday, after which Israel struck several targets in Quneitra, reportedly killing several Iranian and Hezbollah militants

A battery of Israel's Iron Dome defence system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, is pictured in Mount Hermon, in the Iraeli-annexed Golan Heights from the Syrian side, on June 2, 2019.
A battery of Israel's Iron Dome defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, Mount Hermon, Golan Heights, June 2, 2019. Credit: AFP

Anti-aircraft shells were launched from Syria toward Mount Hermon on Thursday, the Israeli army said, but failed to reach Israel and caused no damage.

The incident is being looked into, the statement said.

This launch follows a similar incident on Saturday night, when two rockets were fired at the Golan Heights, one of which hit a ski resort and damaged a chairlift cable. The other fell on Syrian soil.

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In response to the rocket fire, the Israel Defense Forces struck a number of a number of military targets in Syria overnight which was later confirmed Sunday. 

Syrian state media reported that three Syrian soldiers were killed and seven were wounded in the strike, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 10 were killed, seven of which were Iranian and Hezbollah militants.

Another outlet, aligned with the Assad regime, reported that five Syrians were killed. The Syrian government has not confirmed either report.

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