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Mortar shells fired from Syrian side of Golan Heights towards Israel

"Part of the launches crossed into Israeli territory and presumably fell in open areas,” confirmed IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari.

Israeli soldiers guard the border between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights, April 17, 2023. Photo by Ayal Margolin/Flash90.
Israeli soldiers guard the border between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights, April 17, 2023. Photo by Ayal Margolin/Flash90.

Mortar shells were fired at Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Tuesday evening, mere hours after the Hezbollah terror group fired anti-tank missiles at the Jewish state from Lebanon, the Israel Defense Forces said.

“Part of the launches crossed into Israeli territory and presumably fell in open areas,” confirmed IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari.

The military said its forces responded with artillery and mortar fire towards the source of the Syrian shelling.

Residents of the southern part of the Golan Heights were instructed to stay close to bomb shelters. Israelis in the Golan have approximately 15 seconds to seek shelter from the moment the air-raid siren sounds.

Earlier on Tuesday evening, the Hezbollah terrorist organization based in Lebanon took responsibility for firing anti-tank missiles across the border with Israel, raising fears of the war with Hamas broadening to the northern front, Arab media reported.

An IDF combat helicopter responded by attacking a Hezbollah post.

“The IDF is prepared for all scenarios in all arenas, and will continue to operate in order to protect Israeli civilians,” stated the military.

Earlier on Tuesday, the IDF attacked two Hezbollah observation posts in Southern Lebanon with artillery fire after terrorists there fired rockets at the Jewish state.

“Around 15 launches were detected from Lebanese territory, air-defense fighters succesfully intercepted four launches, ten launches fell in Lebanese territory,” the IDF wrote in a post on X on Tuesday afternoon.

Reuters cited a Lebanese security source as saying that Palestinian terror groups were responsible for the rocket attacks.

The incidents came as IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi held a situational assessment at the Northern Command with the commanders of the forces deployed in the area.

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