Golan: Israel troops return Syria fire

2013-05-21 09:03
In the early morning fog, an Israeli soldier partially closes a barrier across a road, on Mount Hermon in the northern Israel occupied Golan Heights. (Jalaa Marey, AFP)

In the early morning fog, an Israeli soldier partially closes a barrier across a road, on Mount Hermon in the northern Israel occupied Golan Heights. (Jalaa Marey, AFP)

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Jerusalem - Israeli soldiers patrolling the disputed Golan Heights along the border with Syria fired back after coming under fire overnight, an Israeli Defense Forces statement said on Tuesday.

"Overnight, shots were fired at an IDF patrol on the border in the central Golan Heights, damaging a military vehicle," said a statement on the army's website. No one had been wounded, it added.

"In response, IDF forces returned precise fire at the source of the gunfire. They reported a direct hit," the statement added.

"The IDF views the recent incidents in the north with concern and has lodged a complaint with UNDOF," the UN Disengagement Force responsible for patrolling that area.

Early on Monday, the army reported that small-arms fire from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights overnight, causing no harm or damage. The army also filed a complaint with the UN force on that occasion.

The Golan Heights have been tense since the beginning of the conflict in Syria more than two years ago.

However, there have been only minor flare-ups in the region to date, with Syrian shells crashing in the occupied Golan and Israel firing in retaliation.

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