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Syria gunfire hits Israel-occupied Golan ‘near military patrol’

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Overnight gunfire from Syria hit the central Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near an Israeli military patrol, an Al Arabiya correspondent reported on Monday.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed that shots were fired, but it was not clear whether the gunfire was intentional.

The shots were "most likely were stray bullets, we don't know if it was intentional," the spokeswoman told AFP news agency, adding that the Israeli army had not fired back and that Israel had submitted a complaint to the United Nations force in the region.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometers (460 square miles) of the strategic Golan Heights during the 1967 Six-Day War, which it later annexed, a move never recognized by the international community.

The Golan Heights have been tense since the beginning of the conflict in Syria more than two years ago.

However, there have been only minor flare-ups in the region to date, with Syrian shells crashing in the occupied Golan and Israel firing in retaliation.

In recent weeks there were four incidents of fire coming from Syria and straying across the ceasefire line.

Last week projectiles from Syria hit Mount Hermon, causing the popular site on the Israeli-occupied Golan to close down for visitors.