Iron Dome discharges in northern Israel after mortars fired from Syria


The Iron Dome anti-missile system fired for the first time on the Syrian border after mortar shells from Syria was launched at the Golan Heights.

Two mortar shells fired from Syria landed on the Golan on Wednesday. The explosives likely were unintentional, according to the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesman.

No damages or injuries were reported.

The mortars may have been fired in celebration of Syrian President Basher Assad’s electoral victory.

Several mortars were fired on Israel from Syria on June 2, with one explosive landing near an Israeli army outpost on Mount Hermon. The Israeli military responded by firing artillery in the direction of the launching site,

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Rockets hit Israel, and airstrike kills Palestinian militant group’s leader in Gaza


Palestinian rockets from Gaza wounded several Israelis, and an Israeli airstrike killed the leader of a Palestinian terrorist group.

The Friday evening hostilities reportedly began with the firing of two mortar shells from Gaza into Israel.

Shortly thereafter, an Israeli airstrike on a vehicle in Gaza killed Zuhair Qaisi, the secretary general of the Popular Resistance Committees, and another member of the group, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Palestinians responded with a rocket barrage. As of 11 p.m. in Israel, Ynet placed the number of rockets fired into Israel at more than 20 and reported that four Israelis were hurt, one of them seriously.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that the squad that it hit was “responsible for planning a combined terror attack that was to take place via Sinai in the coming days.”

The PRC promised revenge.

“All options are open before the fighters to respond to this despicable crime. The assassination of our chief will not end our resistance,” Abu Attiya, a PRC spokesman said.

Following the rocket barrage, Israeli airstrikes hit two cells in Gaza attempting to launch rockets into Israel.

IDF strikes kill nine in Gaza as barrage of mortars hits Israel


Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed four Hamas militants and five Palestinian civilians on Friday as a fresh spike in cross-border violence continued for a second day.

The Israel Defense Forces said it had “identified two terrorist squads from Hamas” and hit them from the ground and air.

An elderly Palestinian and two women died when their house in Khan Younis was hit and three other women were wounded, hospital sources said.

Following the IDF attack in Gaza, a barrage of rockets and mortar shells was fired at Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip, and one of the shells exploded in a chicken coop in the Eshkol Regional Council in the Negev.

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Mortars fired into Israel from Gaza


Four mortar shells fired from Gaza hit southern Israel, damaging a car and an irrigation hose.

The al-Quds Brigade, the military wing of the terrorist group Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attacks.

No one was injured by the mortars.

This week’s attacks come on the heels of three long-range Grad-style missiles being fired into Israel a week ago, one narrowly missing a wedding reception in the southern city of Netivot.

Mortars fired at Israel


Gaza militants fired six shells toward Israel. 

The Wednesday rocket fire came after Hamas and three other Palestinian factions in Gaza agreed to stop firing Kassam rockets into Israel.

Reports on the announcement, which Israeli newspapers carried on Tuesday, cited Palestinian sources as saying that Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine had agreed to stop firing rockets at Israel, following a meeting Saturday of the four factions.

The agreement comes in the wake of stepped-up Israeli military actions in Gaza following rocket attacks.

Palestinian factions connected to Al-Qaida were not included in the agreement. Most of the 20 rockets fired at Israel in the last month were sent by these breakaway groups, according to reports.

“The government in Gaza is in charge of the situation, and it does know clearly who launches rockets,” Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha told the BBC last Friday. “It is working hard to deter any faction from acting individually.”

The mortar shells fired Wednesday from Gaza did not make it out of Palestinian territory.