DHAKA: The Israeli army has fired what it called ‘warning shots’ into Syria after a mortar round landed inside an army post in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
It was the first Israeli fire directed at the Syrian military since 1973, according to Israeli media, reports Al Jazeera.
The army warned in a statement that ‘fire emanating from Syria into Israel will not be tolerated and shall be responded to with severity’.
An Israeli security source said the military fired in the direction of a Syrian army mortar crew that had launched a shell which overshot the Golan disengagement fence, exploding near a Jewish settlement without causing casualties.
The army said it had filed a complaint with United Nations forces operating in the area.
There was no immediate comment from the 1,000-man United Nations Disengagement Observer Force which patrols the Golan.
Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, speaking in Jerusalem, warned that Israel would retaliate to any more cross-border fire.
‘We are closely monitoring what is happening on our border with Syria and there too we are ready for any development,’ he told his ministers at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting.
Mortar rounds from Syria have landed inside the Golan at least three times over the past ten days.
BDST: 1931 HRS, NOV 11, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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