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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