Israeli missiles down Syrian rockets
Iron Dome missile defence system destroyed two rockets fired from Syria at Golan Heights, in an apparent rise in tension between the uneasy neighbours.
“A projectile fired from Syria was intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defence system. No injuries have been reported,” a military statement said on September 17.
“This is the first time that fire from Syria has been intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defence system,” a military spokesperson told AFP in response to a query.
The army took down a second projectile later in the day.
It was a marked departure from recent tit-for-tat artillery fire and occasional retaliatory air strikes.
Israel deployed batteries on its northern flank as a precautionary measure after a 2015 Israeli air strike against the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group’s forces in Syria.
The country’s public radio said that the military believed the latest rocket fire from Syria was an unintentional spillover from the country’s complex civil war, which is now in its sixth year.
Israel has sought to avoid being drawn in to the conflict, but has attacked Syrian military targets when fire fell on its side of the divide.
An Israeli soldier stands guard next to the Iron Dome anti-missile system deployed near the southern town of Sderot in the background. Israel shot down two rockets fired from Syria.