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Footage of IAF strike on Syrian targets released
The IDF releases aerial footage of its retaliatory attack following ten projectiles from Syrian fighting landing in Israel; Syria reports that there were persons killed in the attack.

The IDF Spokesperson's office released footage on Saturday evening of the Israeli Air Force's retaliatory strike on Syrian targets about an hour previously.

 

 

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The footage, shown here, shows the IAF firing on a heavy machine gun and two tanks. The strike came a few hours after ten projectiles, ostensibly from the raging Syrian civil war, spilled over and landed in Israeli territory in the northern Golan Heights. The missiles caused no damages or injuries.

 

Syrian state media said a number of people were killed in the IAF strike.

  

IDF soldiers look towards fighting in Syria (Photo: AFP)
IDF soldiers look towards fighting in Syria (Photo: AFP)

Shortly before the IAF strike, Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman commented on the Syrian wayward missiles. "We have no intention of allowing the breech of our sovereignty and harming of our security to go unpassed, even if it is spillover from fighting between the rebels and the Syrian regime," he said. "As far as we are concerned, the Assad regime is responsible for what is happening in its territory and it will continue to bear the consequences if such events repeat themselves."

 

The minister's comments matched the spirit of a statement issued by the IDF, which reads in part, "The IDF sees with severity and will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel or the security of its residents, and sees the Syrian regime as responsible for what is happening in its territory."

 

Holidaymakers in Israel point to the rising smoke (Photo: EPA)
Holidaymakers in Israel point to the rising smoke (Photo: EPA)

 

Israel has steadfastly stayed on the sidelines of Syria's civil war, now in its seventh year, refraining from taking sides or getting drawn into hostilities. It has responded in the past with limited strikes when fire has spilled into Israel.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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