Mortar shell from Syria strikes Israeli-occupied Golan

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A mortar shell coming from Syrian territory went off in the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights, reported AFP.

“There was no damage or injuries and the soldiers conducted a sweep in the area of the blast,” an Israeli military spokeswoman said on Thursday. “[The explosions was] apparently linked to the internal situation in Syria.”

However, she said that the army saw the incident as stray fire and not intentionally directed at the Jewish state.

Since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, the situation in the Golan has been tense. However, there have been a number of small incidents in which gunfire or shells have hit the Israeli side. Israel has occasionally responded to the gunfire.

Israel and Syria are technically at war. The Jewish state took over 1,200 square kilometers (460 square miles) of the strategic plateau in the Golan Heights during the 1967 Six Day War. The area's annexation was never recognized by the international community.

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