Syrian Mortars Hit Golan Heights

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Several mortars fired by Syrian troops against anti-government forces exploded in the northern Golan Heights early Tuesday morning, the Israel Defense Forces reported.

There were no injuries or property damage from the mortars, which landed in an open area near the security fence.

The IDF said the spillover into Israel "will not be accepted" and filed a complaint with UNDOF (United Nations Disengagement Observer Force).

Two months ago, the IDF also filed a complaint with UNDOF when Syria's civil war spilled over into the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria.

On kibbutz resident told YNet early Tuesday they thought the explosions were another IDF drill so they didn't go into bomb shelters.

Last Wednesday, the IDF held extensive live-fire exercises on the Golan with units from the central and northern commands, the air force and reservists. Soldiers received a surprise overnight call-up as they would in the event of an attack on the northern border.

A few weeks ago, Golani Brigade units took part in a major drill on the Golan simulating battles with Hezbollah, the Lebanese-based terror group with close ties to Syria and Iran.

Meanwhile, Avital Yahalomi, the bereaved sister of 20-year-old Cpl. Netanel Yahalomi, killed last week by a Sinai-based terror group, said her brother did what was expected of him.

"The duty of a soldier is to defend and protect. That role must be carried out," she said in a videotaped interview aired by israel national news.

"The fact that he fired back first did not surprise us at all. He was quick witted and he was sharp and reacted first and drew the fire toward him," she continued. "He fought because he was a soldier, and he died because he was a soldier."

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