Israeli military chief warns Syria

2013-05-21 22:34
(Photo: AFP)

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Jerusalem - Israel's military chief has issued a stern warning to Syrian leader Bashar Assad after an Israeli military jeep came under fire from Syrian forces early on Tuesday.

Lieutenant General Benny Gantz told a conference on Tuesday that Israel would not allow the Golan Heights "to become a comfortable sphere for Assad to operate from."

He said that if the situation deteriorated further, Assad "will have to bear the consequences."

Gantz said that the jeep suffered slight damage during a patrol in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

Israel said forces returned fire and scored a "direct hit".

Syria has claimed the vehicle veered into Syrian territory and was destroyed.

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