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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:48 PM


Israel: Mortar Shell From Syria Lands In Golan Heights

JERUSALEM (AP) -- A mortar shell fired from Syria exploded in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Wednesday, falling in an open area and causing no casualties, the Israeli military said.

Military officials said the shell landed near an Israeli village near the Syrian frontier. They said investigators were still trying to determine who fired the shell, and whether it was aimed toward Israel or was stray fire from the civil war in neighboring Syria. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity under military policy.

In recent months, stray fire from the fighting in Syria has occasionally landed in Israeli-controlled territory. On several occasions, Israel has returned fire. Israel did not respond to Thursday's shelling.

Israeli military officials fear the fighting in Syria could spill over into Israel. The Syrian military has fought rebels in the area near the frontier.



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