Israel fires warning shots at Syria over Golan Heights shelling
Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 00:47
Nov. 11 - Israel fired into Syria after a stray Syrian government shell hits the Golan heights. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Israeli forces fired into Syria on Sunday in what the military called a warning, after stray munitions from fighting between Syrian troops and rebels hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
The incident, described by Israel Radio as the first direct engagement of the Syrian military on the Golan since the countries' 1973 war, highlighted international fears that Syria's civil war could ignite wider regional conflict.
An Israeli security source said the military fired in the direction of a Syrian army mortar crew that had launched a shell which overshot the Golan disengagement fence on Sunday, exploding near a Jewish settlement without causing casualties.
In a statement, the Israeli military said soldiers had "fired warning shots towards Syrian areas".
There was no immediate comment from the 1,000-man United Nations Disengagement Observer Force which patrols the area.
Spillover violence this month from Syria onto the Golan has jangled the nerves of Israelis worried that the once-quiet front will add to threats facing the Jewish state from Islamic militants in neighboring Lebanon, Gaza and Egypt's Sinai.
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