The Jerusalem Post reports: The Syrian shell landed near an IDF outpost in Hazeka on the Golan. Army Radio reported that there were no injuries or damage from the shell, which hit as Israel suffered a barrage of missiles from Gaza, putting the IDF in the position of monitoring enemy fire along both the northern and southern borders.
After Sunday’s mortar shell exploded, Israel sent a warning message to the UN, saying that any further firing into Israel will result “in a real response.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called for restraint on both sides. In a statement, he said he is “deeply concerned by the potential for escalation. He calls for the utmost restraint and urges Syria and Israel to uphold the Disengagement Agreement, respect their mutual obligations, and halt firing of any kind across the ceasefire line.”
Sunday was the first time since the 1973 Yom Kippur War that Israel has fired directly over the border into Syria, a fact the Israeli media covering the story has been highlighting, emphasizing the extent to which Israelis are concerned the Syrian strife could spill beyond the embattled country’s borders.
The Times of Israel writes: The mortar fire from Syria is widely seen in Israel as constituting errant shells rather than deliberate attacks, but concern is mounting at the potential for casualties. A shell last week fell inside an Israeli moshav, but failed to explode; residents said the consequences could have been disastrous had it done so.
It quoted IDF spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai who said on Sunday: “We have no interest in getting in between the rebels and the Syrian army, but rather to defend the Golan Heights from stray fire.”