Israel fires into Syria

Published Sunday, November 11, 2012

Israel’s army fired into Syria on Sunday in what it described as a “warning,” after stray munitions from fighting between the Syrian army and rebels hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The incident, described by Israel Radio as the first direct engagement of the Syrian military on the Golan since the 1973 war, highlighted international fears that Syria's civil war could ignite wider regional conflict.

An Israeli military source said the army fired in the direction of a Syrian army mortar crew that had launched a shell which overshot the Golan disengagement fence on Sunday, exploding near a Jewish settlement without causing casualties.

In a statement, the Israeli military said soldiers had "fired warning shots towards Syrian areas."

There was no immediate comment from the 1,000-man United Nations Disengagement Observer Force which patrols the area.

(Reuters)

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