Islamic Jihad shot rockets at Israel’s north on Iran’s behalf, IDF says

No injuries reported as four rockets fired from Syrian Golan; two land in Galilee and two in Golan, sparking fires

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Four rockets landed in northern Israel Thursday afternoon after being shot from Syria, sparking fires but causing no injuries.

The rockets landed in the northern Galilee and Golan Heights, the Israeli military said in a statement.

The army blamed Palestinian terror group Islamic Jihad for the rocket fire, saying it was done with “Iranian money and intention.”

“We consider Syria to be responsible for the fire and it will also suffer the results,” the army said in a statement slightly after 8 p.m.

The statement was followed by reports of Israeli shelling in Syria, according to Israel’s Army Radio.

The rockets landed after sirens sounded in several communities around Israel’s north at about 5:45 p.m.

The Israeli military confirmed in a statement that “four rockets were launched from the Syrian Golan Heights, landing in the upper Galilee and the Israeli Golan Heights.”

No injuries were reported, the army said.

Two of the rockets landed near a kibbutz in the Hula Valley in the Upper Galilee, according to Israeli media reports.

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Members of Islamic Jihad, which is known to have rockets in Gaza, had threatened to attack Israel earlier in the week over the fate of hunger striking Palestinian detainee Mohammed Allaan, who it says is part of the terror group.

The army placed Iron Dome anti-missile batteries around the southern cities of Ashdod and Beersheba in response.

Earlier in the day, Allaan ended his strike and was said to be improving.

There was no immediate confirmation from Islamic Jihad.

If the rockets were shot intentionally from Syria, it would be the first time sine 1973 that Israel was purposefully targeted by rockets from Syria. Stray mortar shells from internecine fighting in Syria occasionally explode in Israeli territory.

An Israel Radio report said the rockets were artillery shells.

The attack came amid peak tourism season for the north, when thousands of vacationing Israelis flock to lodges and camping sites in the verdant region.

The Upper Galilee Regional Council instructed residents to remain near safe places after the attacks.

Last month, a malfunction triggered air raid sirens across Israel’s north, sending residents into bomb shelters.

Israeli troops recently held a large-scale drill in Israel’s north to prepare for the possibility of a large scale attack from either Syria or Lebanon, including the possibility of an Israeli offensive into Syria.

Officials have warned for over a year that Iranian backed terror groups, including Hezbollah, were using Syria’s power vacuum to set up squads to carry out attacks against Israel from the Syrian Golan.

Officials have also expressed worries over Islamist rebels making gains in the area attacking Israel.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and top military officials visited the northern border and warned that Iranian money freed up in the nuclear deal would be funneled to terror groups on Israel’s borders.

“We are ready for any eventuality. Those who try to attack us – we will hurt them,” Netanyahu said.

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