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3 rockets shot at Israel from Syria after Hezbollah man killed in border fracas

Missiles cause no damage or injuries, day after three projectiles fired from Lebanon, raising fears that northern front could heat up

Israeli soldiers stand guard after firing flares above the northern town of Metulla, by the border with Lebanon, following a pro-Palestinian protest across the border in the Lebanese Khiam area, on May 14, 2021 (Jalaa MAREY / AFP)
Israeli soldiers stand guard after firing flares above the northern town of Metulla, by the border with Lebanon, following a pro-Palestinian protest across the border in the Lebanese Khiam area, on May 14, 2021 (Jalaa MAREY / AFP)

Three missiles were fired at Israel from Syria Friday evening, hours after the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group said one of its members was killed by Israeli fire during a donnybrook on the border.

One rocket fell inside Syria and the other two landed in open areas of the Golan Heights, the military said.

The rocket fire came as intense fighting between Israel and Gazan terrorists continued for a fifth day, amid protests across the Arab world against Israel’s actions there and in Jerusalem.

Earlier Thursday, Israeli forces fired tank shells as a warning a group of protesters who broke through the border fence with Lebanon near Metulla, sabotaging the barrier and setting fires, the military said.

Lebanon said one person was killed and Hezbollah later said 21-year-old Mohammad Tahan was a member of the Shiite terror group.

United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon vehicles watch as a fire burns following a pro-Palestinian rally by the border with Israel on May 14, 2021. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)

After sunset a dozen protesters still lingered by the fence, prompting tear gas from the Israeli side.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun strongly condemned “the crime committed by Israeli forces” when they opened fire at the group.

A picture taken from the northern Israeli town of Metula, near the border with Lebanon, shows a Hezbollah flag and people and reporters watching after a pro-Palestinian rally in the area, on May 14, 2021. (JALAA MAREY / AFP)

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket fire or confirmation of a link between the events. However, Hezbollah and other Iran-supported militias have attacked Israel from Syrian territory in the past.

On Thursday, three rockets were fired from Lebanon at Israel, all of which landed in the sea. A spokesperson for Hezbollah told Lebanon’s L’Orient Today news outlet that the terror organization was not behind the attack.

Israel has a waged a nearly decade-long bombing campaign in Syria aimed at thwarting Iran and allied militias, including Hezbollah, from setting up bases to attack the Jewish state from, or transferring advanced arms.

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