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Israel Bombs Syrian Posts over Golan Attack on Its Troops

Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 12:15 AM

JERUSALEM — Israel attacked several Syrian military sites on Wednesday in retaliation for a roadside bombing that wounded four of its troops on the occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday, the Israeli military said.

It said targets included a Syrian military headquarters, a training facility and artillery batteries. Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, said aircraft carried out the overnight strike. He described targets as military facilities on the Syrian-held side of the Golan.

Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 war and annexed it in a move not recognised abroad. Tuesday's wounding of the soldiers as they patrolled the separation line on the strategic plateau marked Israel's worst casualties there since an insurgency erupted in Syria more than three years ago.

Israel blamed Damascus for the roadside bombing, though parts of the Syrian-held side of the Golan are controlled by rebels, including al-Qaida-inspired militants hostile to the Jewish state. Israel says Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas helping Syrian President Bashar Assad battle the insurgency have a presence on the Golan.

Spillover violence on the Golan from the civil war has often drawn Israeli return fire against Syrian positions, ending what had previously been a stable, decades-old stand-off between the foes.

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Israel attacked several Syrian military sites on Wednesday in retaliation for a roadside bombing that wounded four of its troops on the occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday, the Israeli military said.
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