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24 Jul 2020 | 01:32 PM UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: Explosions reported in Majdal Shams (Golan Heights) on July 24

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Explosions reported in Majdal Shams (Golan Heights) on July 24; monitor situation

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/24/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/26/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jerusalem). COUNTRY/REGION West Bank

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Explosions were heard along Israel's border with Syria on Friday, July 24. Reports suggest that shrapnel from a nearby explosion damaged a building and a car in the town of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights. No casualties have been reported. The explosions come amid heightened tensions between Israel and Hezbollah, who maintain a presence on the Syrian Golan Heights, following an airstrike that killed a militant from the group on July 20.


Hezbollah is a Shi'a militant group and political party based out of Lebanon. Israeli officials are concerned that as the fighting in Syria slows, Iran and Hezbollah will attempt to maintain a permanent presence along the Israeli border. Hezbollah and Israel have been engaged in numerous armed conflicts over the past 30 years, including the month-long 2006 war between the two parties.


Those in the Golan Heights are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.


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