A view of the Syrian fighting from Israel. (Basel Awidat/Flash90) (Basel Awidat/Flash90)
Syrian civil war

While Israel stays out of the war in Syria, it keeps a wary eye on its border and retaliates when hit by fire, whether intentional or errant. 

Mortars fired by one of the factions fighting in Syria’s civil war in the area near Israel’s northern border exploded near Israel’s territory on Monday night.

The IDF is unsure of the number of rounds that may have hit Israel. One shell has been confirmed as landing and there may have been as much as four that landed near Israel. It is also unclear if the shells fell inside Israeli territory or beyond the border.

No one was injured by the projectiles, and no damage was caused.

This incident occurred just a day after the IDF shelled two military positions used by the Syrian army in the Golan Heights late Sunday in response to stray fire that landed in the vicinity of Israel’s security fence late Saturday.

Opposing factions in Syria’s civil war have been battling heavily in recent weeks in the area adjacent to Israel’s northern border.

There have been several incidents of fire straying from the Syrian conflict into Israeli territory. The IDF has previously responded with artillery shelling or an air strike against Syrian army positions or those used by the rebels, in most cases against the source of the stray fire.

By: Max Gelber, United with Israel

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