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3 projectiles hit open areas of Golan Heights, Israeli army responds

April 21, 2017 9:51 P.M. (Updated: April 24, 2017 5:51 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Three projectiles fell into open areas on Friday in the northern occupied Golan Heights, prompting the Israeli army to respond by targeting the locations the projectiles were launched from.

The Israeli army told Ma’an that three projectiles launched at different times throughout the day hit the northern part of the Golan Heights, adding that the incident was most likely the “result of internal fighting” in Syria.

In response, the spokesperson said, Israel “targeted the locations where the projectiles were originally launched,” but told Ma’an she could not comment on what means the Israeli army used to “target” the locations.

Israeli media reported that a rocket siren was sounded after 6 p.m. in the Golan Heights. No injuries or damages were reported.

The Golan Heights are periodically struck by missiles and projectiles misfired from Syria amid a more than six-year civil war that has continued to ravage the country.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometers of the Golan Heights in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.

Al-Marsad, the Arab Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Syrian Golan, estimates that around 130,000 Syrians were displaced by Israel from the Golan during the 1967 takeover, a population that has now grown to around 430,000, many of whom live in areas hit by the continued violence in Syria.

The Israeli military tightened the northern border of the occupied Golan Heights in the summer of 2015, reportedly in an effort to prevent access to Syria by Druze living in the occupied area who said they would cross the border in order to protect their brethren in the ongoing Syrian civil war.
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