Rocket sirens sound in Golan Heights in false alarm
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Rocket sirens sound in Golan Heights in false alarm

IDF investigating; no indication of what tripped warning system in northern communities

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

A picture taken from the Golan Heights on September 10, 2016 shows smoke rising from the Syrian village of Jubata al-Khashab. Israeli aircraft struck Syrian army positions after fire from its war-torn neighbor hit the Golan. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
A picture taken from the Golan Heights on September 10, 2016 shows smoke rising from the Syrian village of Jubata al-Khashab. Israeli aircraft struck Syrian army positions after fire from its war-torn neighbor hit the Golan. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)

Sirens warning of incoming rockets sounded in the Golan Heights on Monday morning, but the army said it was a false alarm.

The IDF did not say what tripped the warning system, and said it was investigating the sirens heard in Masade, Ein Gev, Ramot, Sha’ar Golan, Tel Katzir and Tel Sheva.

There have been numerous instances of errant fire or projectile strikes from fighting in neighboring Syria over the past several years entering Israeli territory, and the IDF routinely acts against them.

The latest incident of spillover into Israel from the Syrian war was in April, when three mortar shells landed in the Golan. The projectiles caused neither injury nor damage, and the IDF struck back at an Assad regime military position, which it said was the source of the mortar fire.

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