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No injuries reported, in this first of its kind incident, where Israel’s Iron Dome interceptor neutralized 2 incoming rockets that appear to have been fired from across the border in Syria.
A second rocket fired into Israeli territory from Syria was successfully intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system on Saturday afternoon, after a first rocket was shot down over the Golan Heights only an hour earlier.
No injuries were reported as a result of both incidents.
“A short time ago a projectile fired from Syria was intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system. No injuries have been reported,” a military statement said.
A little over an hour later a second statement said that “an additional projectile fired from Syria was intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system.”
A spokeswoman could not immediately say if it was the first time Iron Dome had seen action on the Golan (It was – IsraelandStuff) but it was a departure from recent tit-for-tat artillery fire and occasional retaliatory air strikes.
Israeli public radio said the military believed that the Syrian fire was an unintentional spillover from the country’s complex civil war which is now in its sixth year.
Israel has sought to avoid being drawn in, but has attacked Syrian military targets when fire fell on its side of the divide.
Earlier this week, Israel’s air force targeted Syrian army artillery positions in the central Golan Heights after three projectiles landed in Israel in one day.
Syria said it had shot down an Israeli warplane and a drone, a claim denied by Israel.
The increased tension comes after a new Syrian ceasefire brokered by Russia and the United States came into force on Monday.
The truce does not apply to areas held by jihadists such as the Islamic State group.
Since the start of the Syrian conflict, mortar shells have exploded periodically inside Israeli territory, causing damage but no injuries.
While most were presumed to be stray shots, Israel has accused Syria of aiming at Israeli targets on several occasions, briefly returning fire.
The IDF has said that it holds the Syrian regime, led by President Bashar al-Assad, responsible for any aggression coming from its territory.
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