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Third Mortar Shell Lands in Israel in Last 24 Hours

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Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz (R) in action during a live fire exercise for Israeli army battalion commanders taking place in the Golan Heights, Sept. 4, 2012. Photo: SHAY WAGNER/IDF/FLASH90.

A mortar shell exploded Tuesday morning in Tel Fares, Israel near the Golan Heights border, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

It was the third mortar shell to land inside Israeli territory in the last 24-hours. Two shells from Syria landed in the southern part of the Golan Heights on Monday. No injuries have been reported. IDF officials said that the mortars were spillover from the conflict in Syria and were not considered acts of aggression against the Jewish state.

Tensions have been high in the region since reported Israeli airstrikes inside Syria over the weekend. On Monday the IDF significantly downsized a drill scheduled to take place this week on the Lebanese border in order to decrease regional tensions and lessen the movement of army vehicles on northern roads.

Airspace over the North had been closed but was reopened Monday, and the head of the IDF Northern Command, Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan, said that “there are no winds of war” in the area.

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