Four Islamic Jihad rockets explode in Israel’s Upper Galilee & Golan Heights

The rockets, fired from Syria, exploded in open areas in the Northern Golan & the Upper Galilee causing brush fires only, with no human casualties or damage to property.

By i24news


Four rockets landed Thursday in northern Israel close to the Lebanese border, military spokesperson reported.

A picture taken from the Israel’s Golan Heights shows smoke rising from the Syrian Druze village of Hader, on June 16, 2015 – Photo: AFP/Jalaa Marey

The rockets, two of which landed near a kibbutz in the Hula Valley in the Upper Galilee caused fires but no injuries, the Israeli military and security sources said.

Security sources said the rockets sparked fires.

“Four rockets were launched from the Syrian Golan Heights, landing in the Upper Galilee and the Israeli Golan Heights,” the military said in a statement. “No injuries have been reported.”

Sirens warning of incoming rockets were activated across the north prior to the landings. There has been no claim of responsibility and according to Israel’s Channel 2 news, the rockets were not part of a spillover from the fighting in Syria but were launched intentionally.

Some experts speculated that it may have been a coordinated salvo from a group in Lebanon and Syria responsible for the attack.


An Israeli soldier patrols the Golan – Photo: IDF

In a televised speech broadcast on a large screen at a rally held marking the anniversary of the end of the Second Lebanon War in 2006 – known by the organization as “the anniversary of the divine victory” – Nasrallah declared that “Israel admits it has no strategy that can defeat Hezbollah.”

“Every piece of Lebanese land will be a fortified trench that will destroy your ranks and kill your soldiers and their officers and your army will be defeated,” Nasrallah vowed.

Nasrallah went on to say that Israel was now “well aware of Hezbollah’s deterrence capability.”

“Despite the many differences and divisions within Lebanon, the Israeli enemy knows the resistance’s missiles are aimed at it,” he said, referring to tens of thousands of missiles thought to be in the possession of the Iranian-backed terror organization.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah – AFP/Al-Manar

At a press briefing Sunday, a senior IDF officer said that Iran is using the Syrian Golan Heights to carry out a number of attacks on Israel.

“It’s clear that Iran is behind all of the terror attacks here [in the Golan] in the past two years,” the officer was quoted by Haaretz as saying. “The Iranians are using the border – they establish units – whether it’s [Imad] Mughniyeh, [Samir] Kuntar, and more – to carry out [the attacks].”

The officer added that the Iranian regime was transferring funds, providing training and sending advisers to Syria to help the Islamist group Hezbollah.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon visited northern Israel on Tuesday to meet military officials.

Since the beginning of the bloody civil war in 2011, Israel is reported to have attacked Syrian military bases on a number of occasions, including raids reportedly targeting Iranian rockets bound for Hezbollah.

The Israeli government has declined to confirm any of the reports.


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