- Two rockets from Syria landed in Israel’s Sea of Galilee on Wednesday in what Israel’s army believes was spillover from conflict in the neighbouring country.
- The rockets were discovered by authorities Wednesday evening after local residents reported seeing an object fall into the water near the popular Gofra Beach, some 18 1/2 miles from Syria’s border.
- The Israel Defence Forces retaliated by launching airstrikes at the launch site.
Two rockets from Syria landed in Israel’s Sea of Galilee on Wednesday in what the army believes was spillover from conflict in the neighbouring country.
Local authorities said two projectiles landed inside Israel’s Sea of Galilee, which is about 30 kilometers, or 18 1/2 miles, from Syria’s border.
The rockets were discovered Wednesday evening after local residents reported seeing an object fall into the water near the popular Gofra Beach, located on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Israel’s Iron Dome defence system failed to intercept the BM-21 rockets. No injuries were reported.
The Israel Defence Forces said the projectiles appeared to have been errant fire from the neighbouring conflict in Syria.
Several hours later, the IDF said it retaliated by launching airstrikes at the rocket launcher where the projectiles had emanated from. The IDF also targeted the surrounding area with artillery fire.
According to the Haaretz newspaper, initial investigations suggest that the Islamic State terrorist group was behind the rocket fire, though it was most likely intended for Syrian forces rather than Israel.
The Sea of Galilee is a popular camping destination for Israeli vacationers, particularly around the summer months, when tourism in the country peaks.
The incident comes just 24 hours after Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet that the IDF says strayed more than a mile into Israeli airspace. The plane crashed in Syria near the country’s border with Israel.
And on Monday, Israel’s David’s Sling missile-defence system was fired for the first time in battle at two Syrian surface-to-surface missiles that were headed toward Israel’s north.
According to Haaretz, each David’s Sling interceptor missile costs about $US1 million.
Over the past few weeks, sirens have sounded across Israel, and rockets fired from Syria and elsewhere outside Israel have activated its missile defences.
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