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Israel launches air raid on Syria in response for fire: army

The Israeli air force also targeted two tanks of the 'Syrian regime' in the northern part of the Golan Heights, an Israeli army spokesman said.

JERUSALEM // Israel carried out an air strike on Syria after 10 projectiles fired from the war-torn country hit the occupied Golan Heights on Saturday, an Israeli army spokesman said.

The Israeli air force also targeted two tanks of the “Syrian regime” in the northern part of the Golan, the spokesman said, adding that the projectiles did not cause any casualties.

Israel has conducted multiple air strikes in Syria since the Syrian war erupted in 2011. In most cases, Israel has claimed to be targeting arms convoys or warehouses belonging to Hizbollah, a key supporter of the Syrian regime.

In April, Israel shot down what it identified only as “a target” over the Golan Heights, hours after Syria accused it of hitting a military position near Damascus airport.

Israel did not confirm or deny the reported Damascus attack.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres of the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and later annexed it. Around 510 square kilometres of the Golan are under Syrian control.

The Israeli side of the Golan has been hit sporadically by what is thought to be stray fire from fighting between forces loyal to Syria’s government and rebels.

Syria and Israel are still technically at war.

* Agence France-Presse

Updated: June 24, 2017 04:00 AM

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