Syrian mortars that fell in Israel likely errant fire, IDF says

The Lebanon-Syria-Israel border. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Two mortars from Syria fell in Israeli territory on Tuesday following warning sirens in the Golan Heights. 

Local residents reported hearing blasts, but the mortars were reportedly errant fire that struck open areas.

"From an initial investigation it seems that the blasts heard in the Golan were a result of internal Syrian fighting on the other side of the border," the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said, referencing the ongoing Syrian civil war.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot had visited the area earlier on Tuesday amid an uptick in tension along the Israel-Syria border. Accompanying Eizenkot was IDF spokesman Brig. Gen. Moti Almoz, who said, "We are doing everything in our power to keep the border area calm and secure."

Posted on April 28, 2015 .