Shell lands near IDF position in Golan

Mortar thought to come from Syria in latest case of conflict spilling over border

A mortar shell, likely fired from Syria, exploded near an Israeli military position in the Golan Heights early Thursday morning, Israel Radio reported.

No injuries or damage were reported after the shell landed near Tel Hazeka, just over the border from Syria.

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The army base has taken on Syrian fire several times over the past two months as fighting in the neighboring country has bled into Israel.

In mid-November, the IDF shot a missile at Syrian artillery forces after a shell landed near the base. Israel has vowed to keep responding to Syria if the spillover continues.

Rebels have been battling regime forces for control of the villages around Quneitra and the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria, as the country’s bloody civil war rages on.

Tensions in the region have ramped up amid reports Damascus is preparing to use chemical weapons in a bid to break the 20-month old rebellion.

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