Rocket alarm sirens sounded near the Israel-Syria border at the Golan Heights and in the northern Israeli communities of the Jordan Valley Regional Council on Wednesday. The Israeli military confirmed the sirens were triggered by a Patriot missile fired at a drone approaching from Syrian territory.
Tensions have been high along the northern border in recent weeks.
On Sunday, Syria accused Israel of attacking an air force base near Homs known to be housing Iranian forces.
The official Syrian news agency SANA said air defenses were activated as warplanes, reportedly coming into the country from Jordan, approached the T4 base near Tiyas. The planes, which were said to be flying at low altitude to avoid detection, passed through the al-Tanaf area, where U.S. forces have a base.
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Syria’s state media said that military air defenses thwarted the act of "Israeli aggression." An army officer in the southern Syrian desert said the air defense system shot down missiles coming from south of the Tanaf region toward the air base. Reports said that around six missiles hit near the base, causing damage, but added that no one was hurt or killed.
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday while touring the border that Israel will not stand the presence of even one Syrian soldier in the buffer zone on the Israel-Syria border, and will hold the Assad regime responsible for any terror infrastructure in the Syrian Golan Heights.
"This attempt to establish terror infrastructure in the Syrian Golan Heights under the regime’s purview is unacceptable to us," Lieberman added. "We will operate with full power against any terrorist infrastructure we identify in the area."
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Smoke seen in the sky in northern Israel following reports on rocket alert sirens going off.Ella Dagan