Four rockets fired from Syria hit northern Israel, Golan Heights

Published August 20th, 2015 - 03:16 GMT

Four rockets landed in northern Israel Thursday afternoon after being shot from Syria, sparking a fire but causing no injuries.

The rockets landed in the northern Galilee and Golan Heights, the Israeli military said in a statement.

Sirens sounded in several communities around Israel’s north at about 5:45 p.m.

The Israeli military confirmed in a statement that “4 rockets were launched from the Syrian Golan Heights, landing in the upper Galilee and the Israeli Golan Heights.”

No injuries were reported, the army said.

Two of the rockets landed near a kibbutz in the Hula Valley in the Upper Galilee, according to Israeli media reports.

Soldiers were dispatched to the area to locate the rockets immediately after the attack and determine where they came from.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. According to Channel 2 news, the rockets were shot intentionally and not as part of spillover from the Syrian civil war.

An Israel Radio report said the rockets were artillery shells.

The Upper Galilee Regional Council instructed residents to remain near safe places.

Last month, a malfunction triggered air raid sirens across Israel’s north, sending residents into bomb shelters.

Israeli officials recently held a large-scale drill in Israel’s north to prepare for the possibility of a large scale attack from either Syria or Lebanon, including the possibility of an Israeli offensive into Syria.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and top military officials visited the northern border and vowed to strike anybody who threatened Israel.

“We are ready for any eventuality. Those who try to attack us — we will hurt them,” Netanyahu said.


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