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Israel attacks Syria, striking nine targets



Published: Sun, June 22, 2014 @ 7:58 p.m.

The airstrikes were a response to a cross-border attack Sunday

Associated Press

JERUSALEM

Israeli warplanes bombed the Syrian military headquarters and a number of other targets inside Syria, the Israeli military said Monday [Israeli time], in a blistering response to a cross-border attack that left an Israeli teenager dead the previous day.

In all, Israel said it struck nine military targets inside Syria, and "direct hits were confirmed." In addition to the Syrian military headquarters, Israel said it targeted unspecified "launching positions." There was no immediate response from Syria.

In Sunday's attack, an Israeli civilian vehicle was struck by forces in Syria as it drove in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. A teenage boy was killed and two other people were wounded in the first deadly incident along the volatile Israeli-Syrian front since Syria's civil war erupted more than three years ago.

"Yesterday's attack was an unprovoked act of aggression against Israel, and a direct continuation to recent attacks that occurred in the area," said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman. He said the military "will not tolerate any attempt to breach Israel's sovereignty and will act in order to safeguard the civilians of the state of Israel."

The sudden burst of violence has added to the tense situation in Israel, where forces have spent the past week and half in a broad ground operation in the West Bank in search of three teenage boys believed to have been abducted by Hamas militants.

Israel has carefully monitored the fighting in Syria, but has generally kept its distance and avoided taking sides. On several occasions, mortar shells and other types of fire have landed on the Israeli side of the de facto border, drawing limited Israeli reprisals. Israel is also believed to have carried out several airstrikes on arms shipments it believed to be headed from Syria to Hezbollah militants in neighboring Lebanon. But never before has Israel gone after a target like the Syrian military headquarters.


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1Diggly(3 comments)posted 1 month ago

"will not tolerate any attempt to breach Israel's sovereignty and will act in order to safeguard the civilians of the state of Israel".

How many times has Israel breached the sovereignty of its neighbors and overeacted to the threat. Bombing a military headquarters and seven other targets is overeacting in my book. Israel certainly knows how to win friends in the region.

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2Attis(861 comments)posted 1 month ago

The foreign mercenary forces terrorizing Syria are a proxy branch of Israeli armed forces which have now directly entered this war and gravely escalated it. Headed for WWIII in the centennial of WWI?

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3georgejeanie(766 comments)posted 1 month ago

Our only ally in that part of the world, and the brilliant people of the "valley" trash them. Seems to me these folks are still falling to the Obamanators Muslim leading diatribes.

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