Two projectiles fired from Syria fell in the waters of Lake Kinneret in northern Israel on Wednesday, authorities said after rocket sirens were heard in the Golan Heights and residents reported hearing an explosion.
The military said it was investigating which type of weapon was fired from Syria. Given the relatively long distance of the location from which the projectile was fired, the army is examining whether it was a more long-range weapon than usual and if it could be a rocket or shoulder-fired missile. If it was a rocket or missile, the military will look into the air defense operators’ decision-making.
The sirens were heard in communities in the southeast Golan Heights, not far from the Syrian border.
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Following the incident, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it "a gross violation of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement with Syria. I have reiterated and made clear that we will not accept any such violation. We will not accept any such penetration of, or spillover into, our territory, neither on the ground nor in the air. Our forces acted appropriately. We insist that the Syrians strictly abide by the Separation of Forces Agreement between us and them."
On Monday, Israel’s David Sling missile-defense system saw its first operational use when it fired at two Syrian surface-to-surface missiles, the military said.
Over the past few weeks, Israel twice shot Patriot missiles at a drone approaching from Syria, the first on June 24, when an Assad-regime commander said the drone was on a mission in southern Syria