First Since Escalation of Palestinian-Israeli Violence: Three Rockets Fired from Syria into Israel

Three rockets were fired from Syria in the direction of Israel on Friday night, the first since the start of an escalation of violence between the Israeli army and the Palestinian Hamas group, AFP reported Friday, citing a military source in Jerusalem.

The Israeli military said one rocket landed in Syrian territory, while two others hit uninhabited areas in northern Israel.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, “three explosions” were heard near Qouneïtra in Syria, which borders the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights could not determine whether the shots came from the Israeli side or were the result of sporadic fighting between the Syrian army and armed opposition groups.

Earlier in the day, on the Israeli-Lebanese side of the border, Israeli soldiers opened fire on Lebanese demonstrators who had briefly broken into the Israeli side.

The Lebanese Shiite movement, as well as the Lebanese state news agency, said a member of Hezbollah was killed Friday when he was wounded by Israeli firing.

According to an Israeli military report Friday, about 2,000 rockets have been fired into Israel from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip since Monday, 90 percent of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.