Mortars from Syria fired at Israel

Mortars from Syria fired at Israel

JERUSALEM – Mortar bombs fired from Syria hit an Israeli community and an Israeli army position Sunday, prompting the Israel artillery to fire a warning shot at a Syrian army position.

“A short while ago, a mortar shell hit an IDF post in the Golan Heights adjacent to the Israel-Syria border, as part of the internal conflict inside Syria. No damage or injuries have been reported,” an IDF statement said. “In response, IDF soldiers fired warning shots towards Syrian areas. The IDF has filed a complaint through the U.N. forces operating in the area, stating that fire emanating from Syria into Israel will not be tolerated and shall be responded to with severity.”

Earlier Sunday, a mortar bomb exploded in the Israeli community of Alonei Habashan as a result of fighting between the Syrian army and rebels, although no damage or injuries were reported.

In the past few months there have been dozens of incidents of explosives and gunfire hitting Israel during fighting between the Syrian army and rebels trying to topple the regime of Syria’s President Bashar Assad. Some of the fighting has been right along the border, and last week three Syrian army tanks violated the ceasefire line and entered the demilitarized zone, firing back into Syrian territory before withdrawing.