Israel 'downs Syrian rocket' in occupied Golan Heights

Israel 'downs Syrian rocket' in occupied Golan Heights
Israel has claimed its 'missile defence system' has intercepted a rocket fired from Syria, over the occupied Golan Heights.
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17 September, 2016
Incidents in the Golan Heights have been increasing in recent months [AFP]
Israel's claims its Iron Dome missile defence system has destroyed a rocket fired from Syria into the Israeli-occupied zone of the Golan Heights on Saturday.

The missile comes after an apparent uptick in tensions between Israel and the Syrian regime, after similar incidents this week.

"A projectile fired from Syria was intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defence system. No injuries have been reported," a military statement said.

A spokeswoman could not immediately say if it was the first time Iron Dome had seen action on the Golan, but it was a departure from recent tit-for-tat artillery fire and occasional retaliatory air strikes.

Israeli public radio said the military believed that the Syrian fire was an unintentional spillover from the country's complex civil war which is now in its sixth year.

Israel has sought to avoid being drawn in, but has attacked Syrian military targets when fire fell on territory it is illegally occupying.

On Tuesday, Israeli aircraft targeted Syrian army positions after what the military said was probably stray fire hit the Israeli-occupied zone.

Syria said it had shot down an Israeli warplane and a drone, a claim denied by Israel.

The increased tension comes after a new Syrian ceasefire brokered by Russia and the United States came into force on Monday.

The truce does not apply to areas held by militants such as the Islamic State group.

The Israeli army holds the Syrian regime accountable for any fire from its territory, regardless of the source.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan from Syria in the 1967 War and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.