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June 26, 2017 6:59 pm

Israeli Resident of Golan Heights Says Area Feels Like ‘War Zone’ Amid Spate of Incoming Errant Mortar Shells From Fighting in Syria

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Residents of Israel’s Golan Heights region have been rattled in recent days by a spate of incoming errant mortar shells from the ongoing fighting between Assad regime forces and rebel groups just across the border in Syria.

“It’s very much like living in a war zone,” Eli Gal, a resident of Kibbutz El Rom, told the Hebrew news site nrg. “The house is moving and the windows are shaking.”

“The children are scared and we’re trying to calm them down,” he added. “We’re waiting for this to be behind us.”

So far, all of the shells have hit open fields, causing no injuries or damage. The IDF has responded with strikes on a number of Syrian military targets.

Meanwhile, on Monday night, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a field in the Sha’ar Hanegev region of southern Israel. No injuries or damage were reported.

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