Syrian shells activate Iron Dome in northern Israel for first time

The Iron Dome was activated for the first time in Israel's North after Syrian shells were launched at the Golan Heights. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( At least two mortar shells were fired from Syria into the Golan Heights in Israel on June 4, activating the Iron Dome missile defense system for the first time in the north of Israel.

The Iron Dome fired at least two defensive shells, but operators called them back when it became clear that the Syrian shells were going to fall in open fields. The shells caused wildfires, reported Yedioth Ahronoth.

Authorities have reported that no injuries were caused by the shells and believe that they were most likely fired by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces while they celebrated his election victory. 

Posted on June 4, 2014 .