Syrian civil war mortar fire wounds two Israelis in Golan Heights

( Two mortar shells from Syria landed in the Golan Heights on Wednesday, lightly injuring two Israeli soldiers.

The Golan Heights, where a spillover from the Syrian civil war injured two Israeli soldiers on Wednesday. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

According to reports, the Syrian mortars came from errant fire as a result of heavy fighting in the Syrian civil war, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said. One Israeli soldier was treated for shock at the scene, while the other was taken to a hospital for light shrapnel wounds.

The incident marks the first time Israeli soldiers have been injured by the fighting in Syria. The IDF said that it retaliated towards the source of the fire and lodged a complaint with the United Nations.

Heavy fighting between the Syrian government and rebel forces has been reported near the Golan Heights border over the last several days. Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in March 2011, dozens of mortar shells have landed in Israel, mostly as a result of errant fire. Israel, which has largely stayed neutral in the conflict, has occasionally responded with targeted fire against the source.


Posted on October 9, 2013 .