Sirens Sound in Israeli Communities Near Syria Border

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Rocket alert sirens sounded in northern Israel on Wednesday in what local authorities said was an alarm triggered by shelling inside Syria, a day after Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet that penetrated Israeli airspace.

The sirens were heard in communities in the southeast Golan Heights, not far from the Syrian border. Police were conducting searches in the area of Lake Kinneret’s Gofra beach, following reports by residents that they had heard an explosion nearby.

The military confirmed that sirens had been triggered and that it was looking into the cause.

The sirens were triggered by internal fighting in Syria and no projectiles landed in Israel, the Golan Regional Council said.

Israel on Tuesday shot down a Syrian fighter jet that entered some two kilometers Israeli airspace. Israel’s air defenses fired two Patriot missiles at the jet, saying the Russian-made Sukhoi plane fell in Syrian territory.

Following the incident, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it “a gross violation of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement with Syria. I have reiterated and made clear that we will not accept any such violation. We will not accept any such penetration of, or spillover into, our territory, neither on the ground nor in the air. Our forces acted appropriately. We insist that the Syrians strictly abide by the Separation of Forces Agreement between us and them.”

On Monday, Israel’s David Sling missile-defense system saw its first operational use when it fired at two Syrian surface-to-surface missiles, the military said.

Over the past few weeks, Israel twice shot Patriot missiles at a drone approaching from Syria, the first on June 24, when an Assad-regime commander said the drone was on a mission in southern Syria

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