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Israeli army says rocket sirens in Golan Heights were false alarm

Israeli soldiers patrol near the border with Syria after projectiles fired from the war-torn country hit Israel's Golan Heights on June 24, 2017

Rocket sirens heard in the Golan Heights region of northern Israel on Monday morning were a false alarm, the Israel Defense Force said.

The false alarm comes a day after stray mortar shell firing landed in the area, which the IDF said was due to fighting in Syria near the border.

The projectile landed in open territory and caused no injuries or damage, the IDF said in a statement.

Israel typically responds with artillery fire against Syrian government targets near the border when errant fire lands on its territory, however the army had not notified of any reprisal by the late evening local time. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared after a previous incident in June that "we are not prepared to receive drizzle or leakage of fire from any front. We will respond by force to every firing on our territory."

A tussle between rebels and government forces has rocked southwestern Syria, near the Israeli border, almost since the beginning of the country's civil war in 2011.


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