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Missile strikes occupied Golan Heights in apparent misfire from Syria

Feb. 14, 2017 10:26 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 16, 2017 4:55 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A missile struck the northern part of the occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday night, falling into an open area, Israeli media reported.

According to Israeli news outlet Ynet, no one was wounded in the incident and no damages were reported.

The missile is believed to have struck the Golan Heights from Syria in an apparent misfire in the ongoing civil war that has devastated the country.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometers of the Golan Heights in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.

Al-Marsad, the Arab Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Syrian Golan, estimates that around 130,000 Syrians were displaced by Israel from the Golan during the 1967 takeover, a population that has now grown to around 430,000, many of whom live in areas hit by the continued violence in Syria.

The Israeli military tightened the northern border of the occupied Golan Heights in the summer of 2015, reportedly in an effort to prevent access to Syria by Druze living in the occupied area who said they would cross the border in order to protect their brethren in the ongoing Syrian civil war.

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