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May 7, 2013 9:04 am

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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  • jerry hersch

    On the other hand one wonders why there was no showing from fighter plannes during Israel’s recent incursions–if only as a confidence builder for assad’s supporters..his airforce is not a match for Israel..but some psycholoical boost for his side would have been appreciated.His aerial attacks against opposition have been using helicopter gunships and grouns attack fighters. His interceptor/fighter planes have seen little or no action.
    Can it be that if his ground forces move west his airforce gives short time air cover west and then heads east to Iran.
    Perhaps it is time to impose a no-fly zone over both Syria and Iraq.
    Not even using his fighters for psychological support is worrisome.

  • Adam Neira

    The question is…

    “Who fired it ?”

    There are many cases in war situations whereby errant shells meant for an opposing internal target have landed over a foreign border. Israel has a 100% right to protect itself from any spillover, but the perpetrators of this launch must be pinpointed.