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Israeli Tank Fires Into Syrian Territory

While casualties from Israeli fire were as yet not confirmed, the Israeli army said that there were no Israeli casualties from the Syrian fire.

IDF soldiers struggle to repair a tank damaged by Hesbollah during the fighting in 2006. Photo by Dexter Phoenix
File photo of IDF soldiers struggling to repair a damaged tank by Dexter Phoenix

(GOLAN HEIGHTS AFP) - An Israeli tank has fired into Syrian territory after Syrian mortar and small-arms fire hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan heights, the Israeli Defence Forces told AFP.

It was not clear whether the target was Syrian government or rebel, but presumably it was the Syrian military.

An Israeli army statement said troops "returned precise fire at the source and reported a direct hit". This reportedly comes after two incidents on Tuesday evening in the Golan Heights in which shots were fired at the Israeli border patrol, the army said in a statement.

In response to a query from AFP, a spokeswoman said it was an Israeli tank that returned fire. She did not give further details.

While casualties from Israeli fire were as yet not confirmed, the Israeli army said that there were no Israeli casualties from the Syrian fire.

A spokeswoman said the incidents were reported to UN ceasefire monitors in the area.

[AFP]

Source: al Jazeera

blogs.aljazeera.com/topic/syria/israeli-tank-returns-fire-syrian-territory

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