A stray missile fired from Syria exploded in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, February 27, causing no injuries and very little damage, according to an IDF spokesperson.
The mortar shell landed by an Israeli village near the Syrian border, and investigators have determined it was not aimed at Israel, but part of a stray fire as a result of the civil unrest happening next door in Syria.
“It was a stray bullet. As far as we’re concerned, it’s an internal Syrian matter. It did not hit anything, cause any damage or injuries,” said military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich.
In recent weeks, Israel has been on guard with Syria since fighting between President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and rebels began spilling over a ceasefire line, according to published reports. Stray bullets have periodically disembarked on Israeli-controlled soil in recent months. Despite firing back on several occasions, Israel did not fire back on Wednesday.
Earlier on Wednesday, seven Syrians were hurt in the battles between the Syrian army forces and rebels, and made their way over to the northern Golan Heights. When they reached Israeli soldiers, they administered first aide on the Syrians before taking them to the Ziv Medical Center.
“An IDF force administered medical care to the wounded men near the border fence and they were taken for further treatment,” a statement said.
Currently, four of the seven remain in stable condition, and two are set to undergo surgery.
Ziv Medical Center director Dr. Oscar Ambon said: “They only said where it hurts, nothing else.”
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