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Mortar Shells Continue to Pound Golan Heights

As reports suggest Al Qaeda-linked rebel forces captured Syrian side of Israel crossing, shelling of Golan continues.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 8/27/2014, 10:02 PM

Golan Heights (file)
Golan Heights (file)
Reuters

At roughly 10 p.m. on Wednesday night two mortar shells struck the Golan Heights, hitting open territory to the north of the Quneitra valley.

No injuries or damage was reported in the strike, which follows a day of continued shelling of the Golan from Syria.

Just several hours earlier a 52-year-old Israeli was lightly wounded by tank fire from Syria; he was brought by Magen David Adom forces to the Ziv Hospital in Tzefat (Safed). That salvo also inflicted damage on a local wine vineyard, as well as a gas pipe in the area.

Earlier on Wednesday morning reportedly six mortar shells careened into Israeli territory from the Quneitra area, causing damage to several vehicles. In the same barrage stray gunfired lightly-to-moderately wounded an IDF officer.

In response to the mortar shells, IDF artillery fired at a Syrian military position.

"From what we know, opposition forces overran the Syrian regime forces on the Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing, some of those including the Al-Nusra Front, which ultimately leave the crossing in the opposition forces' hands," Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner told AFP.

It is worth noting that Al-Nusra Front is an Al Qaeda-linked extremist group.

Lerner said the IDF has "substantial forces" on the ground and is prepared for any eventuality, with troops sealing off the area as a defensive measure.