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Israel launches air raids on Syrian positions in Golan

Published on Jun 23, 2014 7:53 AM
 

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel carried out retaliatory air raids on Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights overnight, after a teenager on the Israeli side was killed in an attack from Syria, the army said early Monday.

"The IDF (Israeli army) targeted nine Syrian army positions in response to the earlier attack that originated in Syria killing an Israeli teenager and injuring two other Israeli civilians," an army spokesman said.

The targeted sites include Syrian military headquarters and launching positions, and "direct hits were confirmed", the statement added.

"Yesterday's attack was an unprovoked act of aggression against Israel... The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to breach Israel's sovereignty and will act in order to safeguard the civilians of the State of Israel," the spokesman Peter Lerner concluded.

Israeli soldiers are seen on their Merkava tank positioned near the Quneitra checkpoint on the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on June 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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