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Syria mortar fire hits Israeli-occupied Golan

July 16, 2013 2:12 P.M. (Updated: July 17, 2013 5:48 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Mortar fire from inside war-torn Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday, an army spokeswoman said.

"Several mortar rounds fired from Syria exploded in northern Golan without causing any damage or casualties," the spokeswoman told AFP.

It was apparently stray fire from fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels and was not deliberately fired towards Israeli-occupied territory, she added.

The Golan has been tense since the beginning of the conflict in Syria more than two years ago, but so far there have been only minor flare-ups as Syrian small arms fire or mortar rounds hit the Israeli side, prompting an occasional Israeli response.

Israel, which remains technically at war with Syria, seized 1,200 square kilometers of the strategic plateau during the 1967 Six-Day War, which it later annexed in a move never recognized by the international community.
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