A member of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) looks through binoculars at Mount Bental, an observation post in the Israeli Golan Heights. (photo credit:REUTERS)
VOA: Israel Says 'Iron Dome' System Intercepted Projectiles Fired From Syria
Israel said Saturday that it had used its "Iron Dome" missile defense system to destroy two rockets fired from Syria, marking what officials said was the first time the short-range system had been activated to intercept projectiles fired by combatants in Syria's civil war.
Israeli media quoted military officials as describing the rocket fire into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as "unintentional spillover" from the war. There were no reports of casualties from the shoot-downs.
Israel has sought to avoid direct involvement in the Syrian conflict, but it launched airstrikes on cross-border military targets as recently as Tuesday, after warheads fell in the Israeli-occupied zone. Shortly after those strikes, the Israeli military denied Syrian claims that one Israeli fighter and a drone had been shot down.
There has been no public comment from Syria on the latest incidents.
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Israel's Iron Dome shoots down two 'projectiles' fired from Syria - army -- Reuters
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Hoping to Ward Off Nusra Front, Israel Is Helping Syrian Villagers Across Border -- Haaretz
Analysis: Mortar shells over the Golan Heights, accident or border threat? -- Jerusalem Post
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