Army: 2 Israeli soldiers injured by Golan mortar shells
Published Wednesday 09/10/2013 (updated) 10/10/2013 16:19
Israeli soldiers train in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights near the
border with Syria on Sept. 1, 2013 (AFP/Jack Guez)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Israeli soldiers were injured in the Golan Heights on Wednesday after mortar shells were fired from Syria, Israel's army said.
"Two mortar shells hit a military post in the Golan Heights and lightly injured 2 soldiers," an Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an.
"Initial reports suggest that this was a result of errant fire from heavy fighting in Syria and the IDF retaliated towards the source of fire."
The Golan has been tense since the beginning of the conflict in Syria more than two years ago. So far, there have only been minor flare-ups as Syrian small arms fire or mortar rounds hit the Israeli side, prompting an occasional Israeli response.
Israel, which is technically at war with Syria, seized 460 square miles of the strategic plateau during the 1967 Six Day War, and later annexed it in a move the international community does not recognize.