Israel Strikes Back As Syrian Violence Spills Across Border

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The Israeli air force struck three Syrian army targets in the Golan Heights today, after fire from the Syrian side landed in Israeli-controlled territory.

Israel’s military spokesman said that 10 projectiles fired from Syria landed in open areas on the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan Heights. Israel’s government said the fire was a result of fighting in Syria and not intentionally aimed at Israeli soldiers or civilians.

In response, an Israeli aircraft hit two Syrian army tanks and a heavy-machine-gun position on the Syrian side of the buffer zone that separates the two countries, the spokesman said.

The Israel Defense Forces released aerial video of the airstrikes. The spokesman did not say whether the errant fire from Syria consisted of mortar rounds, artillery shells or bullets.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Israeli retaliatory strike “made our policy clear: We are not willing to accept any spillover or leakage of fire from any front. We will respond with force to any fire on our territory.”

On Saturday, Israel lodged a complaint about the errant fire to the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force, a peacekeeping mission operated by international troops that monitors the 1974 buffer zone between Israel and Syria.

(c) 2017, The Washington Post ยท William Booth

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