Israel: Three Syria tanks enter Golan demilitarized zone

JERUSALEM Sat Nov 3, 2012 4:40pm EDT

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria on Saturday, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

"The Israeli Defense Forces have filed a complaint with the U.N. (peacekeeping) force in the area," the spokeswoman said. She had no further information on what the tanks were doing.

Israeli media said the tanks were involved in fighting in the Syrian village of Beer Ajam against rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

Israel is technically at war with Syria, but it has generally taken a cautious line on the uprising in its Arab neighbor.

Errant Syrian mortars bombs landed in Israel in September, spurring Israel to lodge a similar complaint with the United Nations observer force that monitors a long-standing, de facto truce between the two countries.

Israel captured the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau, from Syria during a 1967 Middle East war. It later annexed it in 1981 in a move not recognized internationally.

In Washington, the White House had no immediate comment.

(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Jon Hemming)

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Comments (3)
totherepublic wrote:
The match just got a little closer to the fuse.

Nov 03, 2012 3:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:
Israel illegally occupies a whole load of Palestinian territory and expects everyone to turn a blind eye to it, illegally annexed the Golan Heights from Syria, but go crying to the UN when three Syrian tanks drive onto the land Israel seized?

Hypocrisy at its finest.

Nov 03, 2012 11:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Considering Israels complete disregard for the UN, the world court, the IAEA, the NNPT, and all other human rights organizations… I’m surprised they even have access to the UN when they want it???


Nov 04, 2012 2:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
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