IDF responds after Syrian mortar explodes in Israel


No reported causalities or damage after Syrian war spillover, when a mortar explodes near the border fence on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights Wednesday night.

By Meir Ohayon, Yoav Zitun and Nadav Papu


Earlier in the evening, a mortar shell fired from a tank in Syria exploded in open territory in the Golan Heights along Israel’s northern border. The IDF attacked a Syrian army post in retaliation.

mortar – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The IDF believes the shell was not intentionally fired at Israel, but was rather spillover from the fighting near the border between the Syrian army and rebels trying to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.

A Syrian official told Lebanese TV network Al Mayadeen that “the Israeli attack was done using a helicopter that launched a missile from Israeli territory towards structures in Madinat al-Baath in Quneitra.”

He said the army post that was targeted was facing posts of the al-Qaida affiliated terror group Jabhat al-Nusra. No injuries were reported.


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