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Israel army: Syria shells land in Golan Heights

May 15, 2013 10:18 A.M. (Updated: May 16, 2013 4:39 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Several rockets fired from Syria landed in the occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, Israel's military said.

"Around 6 a.m. several rockets landed in the Hermon area on the Syria-Israel border," an Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an.

"As a result, the site has been closed to visitors and Israel has registered a complaint with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force. The incident is most likely related to the internal conflict," she added.

No injuries or damage was reported.

Last Monday, two rockets fired from Syria landed in the occupied Golan Heights. A day later, four UN peacekeepers from the Philippines were abducted by Syrian rebels, the second incident of its kind in two months.

Twenty-one troops from the UN Disengagement Observer Force were held for four days in March.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said last week that Israel was not getting involved in Syria's internal conflict.

It has, however, carried out several targeted strikes in Syria, the most recent of which struck several military targets in early March and may have been carried out by Israeli warplanes from Lebanese air space.

On January 30, another strike on Syrian soil, which was attributed to Israel, destroyed what military intelligence officials say was a shipment of Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles destined for Hezbollah.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in a 1967 war and later annexed it in a move never recognized internationally.

Technically, Syria and Israel are still at war, but the Golan, a strategic plateau, has been largely quiet for decades.
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