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Israel attacks positions in Syrian Golan Heights for 2nd day in a row

June 25, 2017 4:09 P.M. (Updated: June 25, 2017 7:20 P.M.)
(File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hours after several projectiles fired from Syria landed in an open area in the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights region, causing no injuries, the Israeli army targeted two artillery positions and an ammunitions truck belonging to the Syrian regime, according to a statement from an Israeli army spokesperson.

The Israeli army had said that the errant projectiles fired Sunday morning were a result of the internal fighting in Syria.

The army also said that "following the ongoing internal fighting in Syria near Quneitra, the IDF has taken a precautionary measure and instructed civilians to refrain from moving and gathering in open areas adjacent to the border area."

The incident came a day after the Israeli army attacked Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights, after errant fire from the Syrian side spilled over into the Israeli occupied part of the territory.

The Israeli attack reportedly left two Syrian army soldiers killed in the city of Quneitra, according to Syrian media reports.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of Saturday's cross border attack that "Our policy is clear: We will not tolerate any spillover or trickle whatsoever -- neither mortars nor rockets, from any front. We will respond strongly to any attack on our territory or our citizens."

Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the Golan Heights has been tense, with a growing number of rockets and mortar rounds hitting the Israeli side, mostly stray, prompting occasional armed responses.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometers of the Golan Heights in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.
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