IDF: 3 mortars from Syria land in Golan

Click photo to download. Caption: The Golan Heights. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Three 82-millimeter mortar rounds fired from Syria landed inside the Golan Heights on Thursday, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), marking the third time in six days that Syria’s civil war has affected the Jewish state.

One mortar round fell near the Alonei Habashan community, about 700 meters from the Israel-Syria border, Israel Hayom reported. The explosion caused no injuries or damage, but the IDF filed a complaint to United Nations forces about the incident.

On Nov. 3, Syrian tanks entered the Golan Heights demilitarized zone, prompting IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz to warn  that “the Syrian affair could turn into our affair.” On Nov. 5, Syrian gunfire struck Israeli patrols.

Ron Prosor, Israeli ambassador to the UN, wrote a letter to the UN Security Council saying Syrian actions represent “a dangerous escalation that could have far-reaching implications for the security and stability of our region.”

Israeli security officials believe that the latest Golan incident, as well as the previous incidents, was inadvertent.

Posted on November 8, 2012 .