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The rocket fire alarms that sounded Wednesday afternoon in the Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley in northern Israel were the result of the launching of a Patriot missile against an unmanned aerial vehicle that penetrated Israeli airspace from Syria, the IDF Spokesperson’s office said in a statement.
Social media users reported the sound of mortars falling near the Sea of Galilee, and seeing smoke elsewhere in the north.
Police units in the north at the Sea of Galilee also required all boats and boat owners to head to shores due to security operations taking place in the area, the Israeli Police press spokesperson said.
Tensions in northern Israel have risen in recent days as Syrian government forces, backed by Hezbollah and Iranian-affiliated Shi’ite militias and Russian air power, have fought to retake the Syrian Golan Heights from rebel groups up to the Israeli border.
“The Iranian presence in Syria is unreasonable, and we are not prepared to accept an Iranian presence in Syria anywhere, and as you have heard more than once, we will act against any Iranian consolidation in Syria,” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on a recent tour of the Golan Heights.
Anna Ahronheim contributed reporting.