Syrian mortar shells hit Israeli-occupied ceasefire zone

A Syrian flag flutters on the Syrian side of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria near the Quneitra border crossing on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights July 3, 2013. (Reuters)

Several fires broke out on Tuesday along the Golan Heights ceasefire line caused by mortar shells which came from inside Syria, Agence France Presse news agency reported.

The shells hit across the border into the Golan Heights, where Syrian rebels and regime forces clashed near Quneitra, added the AFP correspondent.

The fires ignited in no-man’s land where Israeli tanks were reportedly stationed.

“Several mortar rounds were fired from Syria [and] exploded in northern Golan,” an Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed.

Two Syrians were killed during the stray mortar fire, an Al Arabiya correspondent reported.

The action has been described as a “grave violation” of a 1974 ceasefire agreement between Israel and Syria by Israel’s U.N. representative, Ron Prosor.

In a direct letter to the Security Council, Prosor also called on the body to condemn the Syrian action and added that Israel has so far shown “maximum restraint” following the fallout.

“The Israeli government will not allow its citizens to be the ongoing victims of these attacks and will continue to exercise its right to self-defense,” cautioned Prosor in his letter.

Tuesday’s blaze was accompanied by shots fired towards Israeli soldiers on the border line, though no casualties were reported, according to an army spokeswoman.

Several events involving small arms fire and mortar rounds have occurred since the Syrian uprising in 2011, whilst further incidences involving U.N. peacekeepers inside the Golan ceasefire area have caused global concern.

(With AFP)
 

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