Israeli Army Strikes Syrian Targets After Projectile Hits Golan Heights

The shell, which caused no damage or injuries, was likely a result of errant fire from the war raging across the border in Syria, the military says. This is the third such incident this week.

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Smoke billows due to fighting in Syria, near the border with Israel, February 17, 2016.
Smoke billows due to fighting in Syria, near the border with Israel, February 17, 2016.Credit: Gil Eliyahu

The Israeli army struck Syrian artillery on Saturday after a shell exploded on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights. This is the third such incident this week.

The shell, which fell in the northern Golan Heights, caused no injuries and no damage, and was likely a result of errant fire from the war raging across the border in Syria, the military said.

Residents in the Golan Heights said they were hearing explosions throughout the day due to the fighting between the rival forces in Syria.

Arab reports on social media said that the Syrian government was attacking rebel forces in the northern Golan Heights, near the Israeli border, and the Israel was striking Syrian military targets in order to help the rebels.

A military official said that the Israeli army holds the Syrian government responsible for the errant fire and that the army will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israel's sovereignty and the security of its citizens.

On Thursday, the Israel Air Force struck targets belonging to the Syrian regime, the military announced, hours after mortar fire from the Syrian military errantly spilled into the northern Golan Heights.

A similar incident took place on Sunday, when Israeli forces attacked artillery belonging to the Syrian government in response to a shell that exploded in the Israeli Golan Heights.

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