2 rockets strike Israel-held Golan

JERUSALEM – Two rockets have struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Israeli army said Tuesday.

According to Israeli army spokesman Peter Lerner, two rockets struck the Golan Heights after which the Israeli army fired artillery at the location from which the rockets had been fired.

Speaking on Twitter, Lerner asserted that Israeli forces had ordered the evacuation of the Mount Hermon area of the Golan Heights.

Israeli army radio had earlier reported that the rockets had been fired from Syrian territory.

Earlier Tuesday, the broadcaster reported that rocket sirens could be heard in the Golan Heights area.

No group has claimed responsibility for the rocket strikes, which come two weeks after Hezbollah accused Israel of killing six of its fighters – along with six Iranians – in a drone strike in the Syrian town of Quneitra.

The slain fighters included two Hezbollah commanders and the son of Imad Mughniyah, a Hezbollah military commander killed by a car bomb in Syria in 2008.

So far, Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the airstrike.

For over two years, Hezbollah has been openly engaged in the Syrian conflict, fighting alongside the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Israel annexed 1,200 square miles of the Syrian Golan Heights following the 1967 Arab-Israeli War in a move never recognized by the international community.

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