Israel preps for 'surprise' Syrian war

2013-05-22 20:55
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Jerusalem - Israel's air force chief says his troops need to be ready to act quickly in case of an attack from Syria.

The remarks by Major General Amir Eshel on Wednesday echo statements by Israel's military chief of staff a day earlier.

Eshel warned escalation could lead to a "surprise war”.

He said Russian S-300 air defence systems are "on their way" to Syria, though Israel asked Russia not to supply them.

Israel is concerned the Syrian civil war could spill across its border.

Syrian and Israeli forces briefly exchanged fire on the Golan Heights border on Tuesday.

Israel has warned it will not tolerate fire from Syria or transfer of advanced weapons to militants. Israel has carried out airstrikes said to be aimed at weapons meant for the Lebanese Hezbollah.

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