Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tensions Escalate on Israel-Syria Border

Rockets Hit Israeli-Held Golan Heights
Tensions escalated along Israel’s northern border Tuesday after two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-controlled section of the Golan Heights and the military launched a retaliatory strike.
The Israeli army spokesman’s office said no was one injured by the rocket attack from Syria. But an Israeli ski area at Mount Hermon was evacuated and residents in nearby villages were warned to remain near shelters for several hours after explosions were heard.
Druze men look at smoke rising on the Israeli-controlled 
side of the line dividing the Israeli-occupied Golan 
Heights from Syria (photo: Reuters)
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. The Israeli military blamed it on the Lebanese Shiite military and political group Hezbollah and the source of the fire came from Syrian army positions, a military official said. The Israeli military retaliated with 20 artillery shells, and identified hits.
The exchange of fire came a little more than a week after a suspected Israeli airstrike near Quneitra in the Syrian Golan Heights killed an Iranian general. Hezbollah said the attack also killed six of its fighters. Israel neither confirmed nor denied the military strike.
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