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Israel's Iron Dome shoots down rocket along Syrian border

Sept. 17, 2016 9:01 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 18, 2016 6:44 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defense system destroyed two rockets fired from Syria above the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday, the Israeli army said in a statement, with no injuries reported.

It was the first successful interception by the Iron Dome of rocket fire along the Syrian border, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The rockets were reportedly errant fire from Syrian rebel forces fighting the Syrian regime in the country’s ongoing civil war. While the projectiles were initially reported to have been bound for the Golan Heights, the Israeli army said later that the rockets would have exploded on Syrian territory if not intercepted, according to Haaretz.

It was reportedly the third incident of rocket fire spilling over the Syrian border this week.

On Monday and Tuesday, errant mortar fire fell into the Israeli-occupied territory, which the Israeli air force responded to by shelling artillery targets inside Syria. The Syrian regime then launched two missiles at Israeli aircraft, with Israel denying Syrian claims that the hits had been successful.

Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the plateau has been tense, with a growing number of rockets and mortar rounds hitting the Israeli side, mostly stray, prompting occasional armed responses.

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