Mortar shell from Syria lands in northern Israel

Mortar shell from Syria lands in northern Israel

JERUSALEM, July 13 (Xinhua) -- A mortar shell fired from Syria landed on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights on Sunday evening, causing no injury, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson unit confirmed to Xinhua.

The IDF later fired anti-tank missiles towards a Syrian military outpost in response, the Ynet news website reported.

It's still not clear whether the mortar was fired intentionally or just a stray fire from the Syrian civil war.

A month ago, Israeli jets hit nine targets in Syria after anti- tank missile fired from Syria killed an Israeli teenager and injured two others.

On Saturday the Israeli military confirmed that two rockets fired from Lebanon landed in open fields near the northern Israeli city of Nahariya. No injury or damage was reported.

Israel is currently engaged on another front. On Tuesday Israel started Operation Protective Edge by heavily bombarding the Gaza Strip, hitting more than 1,300 targets and killing more than 167 Palestinians and injuring over 780, according to the IDF spokesperson unit.

In response Hamas in the Gaza Strip fired more than 300 rockets against southern Israel. The rocket attacks came after Israel struck down the organization's infrastructure in the West Bank in retaliation for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in June.

The line of rocket fire expanded in the past week throughout south, south central and central Israel, reaching as far as Haifa, more than 120 km north of Gaza.