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Israeli soldiers injured by mortar fired from Syria

JTA

October 9, 2013 | 9:58 am

Two Israeli soldiers were injured when two mortar shells fired from Syria landed in the northern Golan Heights.

The soldiers were hit by shrapnel in Wednesday’s incident, according to reports. One also suffered from shock.

The mortars likely were a result of the ongoing civil war in Syria and not meant to target Israeli soldiers. However, Israeli workers building a fence last week near an Israeli military post on the Syrian border came under fire from Syria last week and Israeli troops patroling the border in the same area were fired on.

Dozens of mortar shells have landed on Israel’s side of the Golan since the start of the Syrian civil war more than two years ago. Israel has filed complaints with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force stationed on the Golan. Israel has returned fire twice, including when a mortar fired from Syria struck an Israeli army post.

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