2 mortar shells explode on Golan Heights

Projectiles fired from Syria are likely stray rounds from civil war; no reports of injuries or damage

Tamar Pileggi is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Smoke and explosions from fighting between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels, in the Quneitra area, seen from the Golan Heights, June 17, 2015. (AP/Ariel Schalit/ File)
Smoke and explosions from fighting between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels, in the Quneitra area, seen from the Golan Heights, June 17, 2015. (AP/Ariel Schalit/ File)

Two mortar shells exploded in the Golan Heights Monday evening, in what authorities believed was spillover from fighting across the border in Syria between rebel groups and government troops.

The projectiles landed in orchards on the Israeli side of the border near the Quneitra border crossing.

There were no reports of injuries or damage. One woman was treated for shock.

Israeli soldiers were searching the area.

A number of projectiles fired from Syria have hit Israel over the last several years, as well as small arms fire.

Israel has responded in the past with artillery fire.

The ongoing conflict in Syria started as largely peaceful protests against Assad in March 2011, but later degenerated into a civil war in which more than 210,000 people have been killed, according to activists.

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