Syrian rockets hit Israeli territory

2013-05-06 21:47
(Vahid Reza Alaei, AP)

(Vahid Reza Alaei, AP)

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Jerusalem - Two rockets fired from Syrian territory exploded inside the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Monday, without casualties or damage, an Israeli army spokesperson said.

The rockets exploded in a field near the ceasefire line in the southern Golan, she added.

The rocket fire was "apparently connected to the situation inside Syria", she added, suggesting Israel was not targeted but that it was a spill over of fighting between the Syrian regime and rebels.

"The Israeli army combed the sector the rockets fell in and informed the UN forces deployed in the Golan," the spokesperson said.

The rocket fire came as tensions between the two countries soared after Israeli air raids on targets in the Syrian capital on Sunday.

Conflict

The Golan has been tense since the beginning of the conflict in Syria more than two years ago.

However, there have been only minor flare-ups in the region to date, as Syrian shells have crashed in the occupied Golan and Israel has fired at the source in retaliation.

Israel, which is technically at war with Syria, has occupied 1 200km² of the Golan Heights, which it has annexed, since 1967.

The international community never recognised Israel's annexation of the territory.

The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) has been stationed in the Golan since 1974 to oversee a ceasefire.

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