Mortar fire from Syria hits Israeli-occupied Golan

2015-04-28 13:08

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Jerusalem - Two mortar rounds fired from Syria struck open areas of the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on Tuesday, an Israeli security source said.

"Two mortar shells fell in the northern sector of the Golan Heights," the source told AFP, saying it was a result of stray fire from fighting inside Syria and had caused no casualties or damage.

The Israeli army said that "multiple explosions" were heard in the Golan Heights and that sirens had sounded in several areas.

The mortar fire came two days after the Israeli military said the air force had targeted four "terrorists" armed with explosives who were "en route to carry out an imminent attack" on troops on the armistice line.

All four were killed.

Israel seized 1 200 square kilometres of the Golan Heights in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.

Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the plateau has been tense, with a growing number of rockets and mortar rounds hitting the Israeli side, mostly stray, prompting occasional armed responses.

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