According to the Israeli army, Israel’s “Iron Dome” aerial defense system destroyed two rockets fired from Syria above the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday, with no injuries reported.
It was reportedly the first successful interception, by the Iron Dome, of rocket fire along the Syrian border, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
The rockets were reportedly errant fire from Syrian rebel forces fighting the Syrian regime, in the country’s ongoing civil war. While the projectiles were initially reported to have been bound for the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Israeli army said later that the rockets would have exploded on Syrian territory if not intercepted, according to Haaretz.
It was the third incident of rocket fire spilling over the Syrian border this week, Ma’an News Agency reports.
On Monday and Tuesday, errant mortar fire fell into the territory, which the Israeli air force responded to by shelling artillery targets inside Syria.
The Syrian regime then launched two missiles at Israeli aircraft, with Israel denying Syrian claims that the hits had been successful.
Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the plateau has been tense, with a growing number of rockets and mortar rounds hitting the Israeli side, mostly stray, prompting occasional armed responses.
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