Red Alert Siren Sounds on Golan; No Missiles Detected, IDF Says

An Israeli soldier directs a tank near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. The Israeli military says it has carried out an air strike in Syria on a building used by Islamic State militants to attack Israeli forces. The overnight air strike Monday targeted an abandoned United Nations building that Israel says was used as a base by the militants. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
An Israeli soldier directs a tank near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Monday. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Red Alert alarms sounded on the Golan Heights Tuesday morning, but security officials said that they had not detected any incoming missiles or rockets directed at Israeli territory. The Red Alert system generally sounds an alarm when such incoming rocket attacks are detected.

Tensions were high on the Golan Tuesday after Israeli Air Force planes dropped bombs on an abandoned U.N. base on the Syrian side of the Golan border Monday that had been taken over by IS forces. Several IS terrorists were killed, sources in Syria said. The attack came after shots were fired at Israeli troops from the Syrian side of the border fence. Several mortar shells were also fired.

Planes continued attacking IS bases on the Syrian side of the Golan border, dropping several large explosives on targets identified as sources of gunfire and mortar shells fired at Israeli forces Monday. The shots were fired at an IDF patrol that was working along the fence. No injuries were reported among IDF soldiers, and soldiers began a search for the shooters.

Overnight Monday, security officials said they arrested 14 wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.

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