Israel says it intercepted rockets fired from Syria

Army says four rockets were fired early on Tuesday setting off sirens in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

    Israel says it shot down four rockets fired from Syria towards the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights [File: Amir Cohen/Reuters]
    Israel says it shot down four rockets fired from Syria towards the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights [File: Amir Cohen/Reuters]

    Israel's military has said its missile defence system shot down four rockets fired from Syria towards Israel early on Tuesday.

    Minutes earlier, sirens warning of incoming rocket fire sounded in the area of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

    "Four launches were identified from Syria towards Israeli territory which were intercepted by the Israeli air defence systems," the army said. "No hits on Israeli communities were identified."

    Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in a 1967 war and later annexed and settled it in moves that were not accepted by most world powers.

    Israel says it needs to keep the plateau as a buffer zone between Israeli towns and the instability of its neighbour to the north. Syria insists that the part of the Golan held by Israel is occupied territory and has demanded its return.

    SOURCE: Reuters news agency