Syria shells land in Golan Heights, Israeli army says
Published Saturday 02/03/2013 (updated) 03/03/2013 20:02
An Israeli soldier stands in an abandoned military outpost overlooking
the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria on the Israeli-occupied Golan
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Mortar shells fired from Syria landed in the occupied Golan Heights on Saturday, Israel's army said.
"Several shells landed in the southern Golan Heights, most likely due to the fighting inside Syria," an Israeli military spokeswoman said.
"No injuries or damages were caused and the incident has been reported to UN forces."
Stray gunfire between the forces of President Bashar Assad and insurgents has strayed across the Golan border several times over the last year.
Israeli soldiers shot across the ceasefire line in February, wounding a man who approached the boundary fence.
In November, Israeli troops fired artillery shells into Syria in response to a number of incidents in which mortar shells and bullets hit Israeli military and civil installations on the Golan Heights.
The UN has a peacekeeping force in the area monitoring a ceasefire in place since the 1970s. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 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.