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Syrian mortar shells hit Golan in spillover

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September 25, 2012 | 10:44 am

Israeli soldiers travel atop a mobile artillery unit during a drill in Golan Heights on Sept. 19. Photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Israeli soldiers travel atop a mobile artillery unit during a drill in Golan Heights on Sept. 19. Photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Several spillover mortar shells from fighting in Syria hit the Golan Heights.

Israeli reports said the shells landed in an open area early Tuesday and no one was injured. The Syrian army is believed to have fired the mortars at Syrian villages near the border. It was the first time that fire from Syria during its civil war had crossed into Israel.

The Israeli Defense Forces submitted a complaint to the United Nations over the shells. An IDF spokesman said that "fire from Syria leaking into Israel will not be accepted,” according to The Jerusalem Post.

In the past few months, fears of the Syrian conflict leading to fighting with Israel have risen. Last week, the IDF conducted a surprise military drill in the Golan to simulate an attack scenario on the northern border. The IDF said the drill was not related to recent events, the Post reported.

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