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March 24, 2013 11:51 am

Israel Destroys Syrian Army Outpost After Being Fired Upon

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A shell fired from Syria that landed in Israel.

Israel destroyed a small Syrian army post near the Golan Heights border on Sunday after Syrian gunmen fired on Israeli military patrols twice within 24 hours.

On Saturday night, Syrian gunmen fired on an Israeli jeep patrolling the Golan Heights border were fired upon. Later that night, another Israeli jeep was fired upon again, prompting an Israel response the next day.

The Israeli military fired a Spike NLOS guided missile at the Syrian post, destroying it and leaving two Syrians wounded,Israel Hayom reported.

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The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed that, “the military returned fire at a Syrian post after an IDF patrol came under machine-gun fire.”

“The target was destroyed using precision fire,” the IDF said.

“Following the attack, the IDF returned fire, in accordance with government policy: Israel will respond immediately to any violation of Israeli sovereignty or fire from the Syrian side, identifying the source of the fire and neutralizing it. We will not allow the Syrian army, or any other element, to violate Israeli sovereignty by firing on our territory,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said.

Despite no formal peace treaty, for several decades the border with Syria has remained relatively quiet under the reign of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his father, Hafez al-Assad.

While Israel has largely refrained from involvement in the now three-year-old Syrian civil war, sporadic incidents along the border have drawn a limited Israeli response. But as the war drags on, Israel fears that Islamic terror groups, who are currently fighting Assad, may turn against Israel.

“We are seeing terror organizations gaining footholds increasingly in the territory,” said Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Israel’s military chief, at a conference last week. “For now, they are fighting Assad. Guess what? We’re next in line.”

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  • Aliza Circle

    In 1973 in Yom Kippur war, Israel was fighting with three nation, and yes we had many soldiers who died because of it, Israel won. Now that Syria is fighting aming themselfves, the Israelis are watching them very closely.

  • Otto Waldmann

    The chances of a Baas Party victory over Islamist forces in Syria are nil and gurnischt. Israel will necessarily become the principal “issue” once the inevitable islamist forces will take over Syria. For tachles reasons, Syria’s military capacity MUST be destroyed once the Islamists will take control and, as it should happen, only Israel will have the determination to do a complete job.

  • Michael Levy

    No matter which country has had its “Arab spring”, at the end of the day it is the Muslim Brotherhood which has taken over and anyone who believes that Israel is not next in the firing line is certainly dreaming and this includes Egypt.

  • Karsten Bannier

    Middah K’neged Middah…start this nonsense with Israel and you’re going to get what’s coming to you.
    Am Ysrael Chai !!!!

  • Pamela Deane Chester

    Lt.Gen. Benny Gantz
    Has the gift of
    Godly Wisdom!

  • john

    an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure !!

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Israel security is certainly a risk from Syria civil war. The extremists Islamic are taking advantage of the economical melting of the world that had reduce the capacity to engage on war, even for contrast human genocide.
    Syria civil war had started by the citizens protesting for economically desperation.
    The Syrian class in power had choice repression in order to maintain their privilege.
    The force helping the insurgent, are taking advantage and with the backing of Islamic regime had a good chance to take power.
    Islamic regimes can be implementing without elimination of Israel of Christians, as they are the major force contra post. The only real hope is G-D that had reestablish Israel and will save is people.
    That will be done at is time and, biblical scripture are talking of the antichrist in Jerusalem, before been destroy. That does not take away use of force by Jews to defend himself.
    I hope that G-D will cut Jewish suffering one and for all.

  • It seems that drastict people will do drastict things.Syria is the finest example 0f that

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