Israel fires back after Syrian shells land in their territory

Development raises fears that violence could lead to a wider war, as country battles Hamas militants in Gaza and Lebanon's Hezbollah

By Reuters

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Photo: AFP
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Published: Wed 11 Oct 2023, 5:36 PM

Israeli troops fired artillery and mortar shells toward Syria on Tuesday after a number of shells launched from its northern neighbour landed in open areas on Israeli territory, Israel's military said.

A source in southern Syria said a Palestinian faction had fired three rockets toward Israel.

The development raises fears the violence could lead to a wider war, as Israel trades cross-border salvoes with Lebanon's Hezbollah and battles Hamas militants in Gaza.

The military said its soldiers had fired "toward the origin of the launching in Syria". It did not provide details.

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