Occupied Golan tense after mortar attack

Occupied Golan tense after mortar attack
1 min read
28 April, 2015
Tension rose in the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on Tuesday after two mortar rounds were fired from Syria.
Tension is high in the Occupied Golan. [AFP/Getty]

Israelis in the occupied Golan Heights took refuge in bomb shelters on Tuesday as rockets apparently fired from Syria landed near the town of Majdal al-Shams.

Israeli media reported that the army had instructed farmers near the armistice line with Syria to leave their fields for fear of further rockets. 

Meanwhile the Lebanese al-Safir newspaper reported that Israeli jets had been seen in the sky over Beirut on Tuesday morning. 

The latest developments come amid growing tensions in the border area between Israel, Syria and Lebanon.

Israel's military said Sunday it launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting 'militants' in the Israeli-Occupied Golan Heights. 

Arab media reported on Monday that Israeli jets had carried out strikes against Hizbollah and Syrian army weapons stores near Qalamoun on the Syrian-Lebanese border.

Israeli officials declined to comment on the reports. 

The Golan heights is the front line in a growing tit-for-tat battle between Hizbollah and Israel, which is trying to prevent the Lebanese movement from gaining access to high-end weapons.  

Hizbollah, which de facto controls much of southern Lebanon, would have the last word on whether to respond with rocket attacks against Israel. 

With reporting by the Associated Press