Israel shells Syrian border town Quneitra: reports

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Smoke rises following a Syrian strike in Syria's old city of Quneitra near the border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Friday, August 29, 2014.
AP Photo/Ariel SchalitSmoke rises following a Syrian strike in Syria's old city of Quneitra near the border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Friday, August 29, 2014.

Reports said Israeli helicopters deployed to the area, with the shelling starting a fire.

Israel shelled the area near Quneitra, a Syrian town close to the border with the Israel-controlled Golan Heights, according to Arabic media reports Wednesday.

Israeli reports said that suspected infiltrators approached the border, to which tanks responded by firing flares and shells as warning shots.

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No one was reported injured, and the suspects returned back into Syrian territory, the military said.

The official Syrian SANA news agency said tanks fired into the forest near al-Hurriya, a town in the Quneitra governate.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Israeli aircraft hovering over the area, and that the shelling caused fires to break out.

Quneitra was mostly abandoned due to its close proximity to the Israeli border, as it lies within the demilitarized zone monitored by the United Nations. After Israel took the town in the 1967 Six Day War and again in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, it withdrew in 1974.

The area is a frequent source of border disturbances.