Projectiles from Syria land in Golan Heights; no injuries
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Projectiles from Syria land in Golan Heights; no injuries

IDF says no damage from spillover fire; incident the seventh time shells hit Israel in a week

Smoke seen rising from a field on the Israeli side of the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights on June 24, 2017. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)
Smoke seen rising from a field on the Israeli side of the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights on June 24, 2017. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

A number of projectiles from Syria landed in the northern Golan Heights on Sunday for the second time in as many days, in what the IDF said was spillover fire from the Syrian civil war.

The army said the shells hit an open field and caused no injuries or damage.

It was the seventh such incident in a week and came as fighting between President Bashar Assad’s regime and the numerous rebel groups in southern Syria has been escalating in intensity.

On Saturday, some 10 errant mortar shells landed in the Golan, prompting retaliatory Israeli airstrikes on Syrian military positions in southern Syria that reportedly killed 2 soldiers.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor which has been reporting on Syria’s six-year war, quoted Syrian officials as saying that Syrian army forces had been engaged in fighting with forces of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front at the time of the Israeli strikes.

They accused Israel of striking Syrian army targets to aid the rebel forces.

A UN observer looks through binoculars at a lookout point as smoke rises from a Syrian village near the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights on June 24, 2017. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)
A UN observer looks through binoculars at a lookout point as smoke rises from a Syrian village near the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights on June 24, 2017. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned that the Assad regime would continue to “suffer the consequences” of any attack on Israel emanating from its territory.

Israel, he said, had “no intention of accepting challenges to our sovereignty and threats to our security, even if they are caused by ‘spillover’” from Syrian infighting.

“We will respond strongly, resolutely and with level-headedness to any such case,” he said. “As far as we are concerned the Assad regime is responsible for what occurs in its territory and will continue to suffer the consequences if such events recur.”

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