2 rockets fired at Israel from Syria, IDF returns fire

Druze residents from their northern Golan Heights villages reported hearing several explosions near Syrian border.
No injuries or damages reported.

By Ynet reporters

 

The IDF fired 20 artillery shells at Syrian positions from which rockets were launched at Israel, two of which exploded in the northern Golan Heights on Tuesday. The rockets likely hit open areas and at this stage, no injuries or damages were reported.

An IDF soldier stands atop a tank near Alonei Habashan on the Golan Heights, close to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria. – Photo: REUTERS

Residents in Druze villages near the border reported to hearing several explosions, shortly after a Code Red rocket alert siren was sounded near the border.

The IDF was searching through the area to find where the rockets had fallen, and whether additional rockets fell inside Israel. Israel Police was blocking several roads in the area.

The IDF has instructed the evacuation of some 1,000 visitors from the Hermon Mountain ski site, while residents in the Maron Golan area were asked to remain in safe rooms and shelters.

Officials at the Hermon ski site said the rockets fell in several places in the Golan Heights. “Following this, the IDF instructed to evacuate the visitors from the Hermon site … the IDF is also at the scene,” they said.

The IDF raised its alert level on the northern front last Monday, in positions along the border with Syrian and Lebanon, after a strike attributed to Israel killed senior Hezbollah officers and an Iranian general nine days ago. The IDF increased its presence in northern communities over the weekend. On Sunday, a number of roads were closed amid a possible security incident along Israel’s northern border. Shortly afterwards the roads were reopened, indicating that if there was an event it had come to an end.

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This is an ongoing event, updates are forthcoming.

 

Yoav Zitun, Ahiya Raved, Michal Margalit contributed to this report.

View original Ynet publication at: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4619757,00.html

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