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Syrian projectile lands in occupied Golan Heights, Israeli army says

June 30, 2017 3:59 P.M. (Updated: July 1, 2017 7:45 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A mortar shell landed in the northern part of the occupied Golan Heights on Friday along the borderline with Syria, the Israeli army reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that the projectile landed in an open area of the Golan Heights, and that the projectile was the result of internal fighting in Syria.

No injuries or damages were reported.

Later on Friday, Israeli media reported that the Israeli army fired at the source of the missile fire in Syria in retaliation.

The Golan Heights are periodically struck by missiles and projectiles misfired from Syria as part of the more than six-year civil war that continues to ravage 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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