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Israel to ‘immediately’ respond to all Syrian cross-border shooting

Israel will “immediately” respond to Syrian gunfire on the border of Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, stated new Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.
 
The statement comes after Israel returned fire from over the border, wounding two Syrian soldiers, RT reports.
 
“Every violation of Israeli sovereignty and shooting from the Syrian side will immediately be answered by silencing the source of fire,” AFP quoted him as saying after Israeli troops opened fire towards a Syrian military post.
 
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fired a Tamuz anti-tank guided missile into Syrian territory after Syrian troops opened fire for the second time in twelve hours, according to YNet News.
 
At least two Syrian soldiers were wounded with no casualties on the Israeli side.
 
The tensions along the border began on Saturday when a round of gunfire from the Syrian side hit an IDF jeep during an evening patrol in the Golan Heights. No one was injured in the incident.
 
It remains unclear whether the fire was aimed at the Israeli vehicle or was the result of indiscriminate fighting between rebels and government forces.
 
Israel is concerned over the tense situation at the Golan Heights border and fears a spillover of violence, as Syrian rebels have been making advances to capture territory from government forces.
 
Over the past few months Israel has had to respond to sporadic fire coming from Syrian side.
Right now Israel is working on upgrading a security fence along the borderline.
 
Tensions between Israel and Syria have been escalating in the past few months. At the end of January, the Syrian military said Israeli jets had targeted a scientific research center near Damascus after repeatedly violating Lebanese airspace. But US officials confirmed only that the jets attacked a target on the Syria-Lebanon border.
 
The airstrike came amid Israeli concerns over Syrian chemical arms falling into militants’ hands.Israel even threatened to launch a preemptive strike on Syria if the Assad government loses control of its chemical weapons stockpiles, according to Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom. 

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