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Israel Strikes Syrian Army After Civil War Cross-Border Fire

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An Israeli tank parked on a hill looks out on the Syrian area of Quneitra near the ceasefire line in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights (Baz Ratner/Reuters)

By    |   Monday, 28 Sep 2015 08:45 AM

Israel Defense Forces struck two Syrian military targets on Sunday after errant projectiles fired in that country's continued civil war landed and exploded on Israeli land in the northern Golan Heights.

Israeli used its artillery forces to hit Syrian army positions in the central Golan Heights after a weapon fired from Syria landed in Israel earlier Sunday, reported the Jerusalem Post, and added that no injuries were reported.

"The IDF holds the Syrian military responsible for all events stemming from its territory and will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israel's sovereignty and the safety of its residents," the Israel Defense Force said in a statement.

A Syrian Revolutionary Command Council spokesman in Quinetra and the Golan told Al Jazeera that Israeli strikes targeted at least "three areas with three missiles."

The council spokesman charged that Israeli "warplanes are flying above (the Syrian side of the Golan) now."

"There is an ongoing battle in the area north of Quineitra," RCC spokesman Abu Ali al-Jawlani told Al Jazeera, noting that the control of key routes that "connect Quneitra all the way to the countryside of Damascus" were at stake in the skirmishes.

Reuters reported that Sunday's action was the first time Israel had fired into Syria in more than a month. During Syria's four-year civil war, Israel had fired on Syrian armed forces and Lebanese Hezbollah, which is loyal to the Syrian government.

The civil war has sparked record number of refugees to flee the country and into Europe while Russia intensified its aid for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Moscow ally, noted Reuters.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Monday to create a joint coordination team to prevent the countries from accidentally trading fire in Syria.

Israel has occupied the western Golan since the 1967 Middle East war.


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Israel Defense Forces struck two Syrian military targets on Sunday after errant projectiles fired in that country's continued civil war landed and exploded on Israeli land in the northern Golan Heights.
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