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Fire exchanges on Syrian border; IDF jeep damaged

Stray fire hits IDF patrol on border area, army responds by firing back at Syrian post; Syrians retaliate by firing mortar that lands in demilitarized zone

Yoav Zitun
Published: 11.18.12, 01:32 / Israel News

Stray Syrian fire hit an IDF patrol in the Golan Heights on Saturday night. No injuries were reported but an IDF jeep was damaged. This is the fourth such incident recorded in the past week.

 

The incident began when an IDF patrol was hit by Syrian fire in the Tel Hezeka area. The IDF fired artillery at the Syrian post in response.

 

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The Syrians then retaliated by firing a mortar shell that landed in the demilitarized zone. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said a complaint was submitted at the United Nations force. 

 

The last similar event occurred on Thursday, a day after the IDF launched Operation Pillar of Defense. A soldier was lightly wounded by ricochet.

 

On Monday, a Syrian shell hit near an IDF post in the Golan Heights. No injuries or damage were reported.

 

Shortly thereafter, the IDF returned fire, using tanks deployed along the border to target two D-3 mortar launchers belonging to the Syrian army. A direct hit was identified. The IDF reportedly hit two Soviet guns.

 

On Sunday, the IDF fired into Syrian territory for the first time since the Yom Kippur War. The IDF's Artillery Corps fired a missile towards a post in Syria after a 120mm mortar shell landed in the eastern Golan Heights on Sunday morning.

 

 

 

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