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Two mortar shells fired from Syria fall in Golan

IDF investigating whether explosion occured in Israeli territory or across Syrian border

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

An Israeli soldier looks through binoculars at a Syrian village from an army post on the border between Israel and Syrian on the Golan Heights (photo credit: AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
An Israeli soldier looks through binoculars at a Syrian village from an army post on the border between Israel and Syrian on the Golan Heights (photo credit: AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Two mortar shells fell Wednesday in a field near Israel’s northern border with Syria in the Golan Heights, south of the town of Majdal Shams. According to IDF officials, an investigation was taking place to determine whether the mortars exploded in Israeli territory or across the Syrian border.

Nearby residents reported hearing loud explosions in the area.

Over the past day, a series of fierce battles between rebel fighters and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have been raging in proximity to the Israeli border.

Syrian State TV on Wednesday reported that Assad’s army was now in full control of the embattled border town of Qusair, where fighting with rebels took place for nearly three weeks.

The report said regime troops “restored security and peace” after successfully dismantling the “terrorist networks” operating in the town over the last few days.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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