Israeli soldiers injured by mortar fired from Syria

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Israeli soldiers were injured after two mortar shells fired from Syria landed in the northern Golan Heights.

The soldiers were hit by shrapnel in Wednesday’s incident, one also suffered from shock, according to reports.

The mortars likely were a result of the on-going civil war in Syria and were not meant to target Israeli soldiers. However, last week Israeli workers building a fence near an Israel Defense Forces post on the Syrian border came under fire from Syria last week and Israeli troops patrolling the border in the same area were fired on.

Dozens of mortar shells have landed on Israel’s side of the Golan since the start of the Syrian civil war more than two years ago. Israel has filed complaints with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force stationed on the Golan. Israel has returned fire twice, including when a mortar fired from Syria struck an IDF post.