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Israel Strikes Syria for 2nd Day       06/25 13:31

   The Israeli military on Sunday said it attacked a series of targets 
belonging to the Syrian military, after several projectiles from neighboring 
Syria landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights for a second day.

   JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military on Sunday said it attacked a series 
of targets belonging to the Syrian military, after several projectiles from 
neighboring Syria landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights for a second 
day.

   The military said it targeted two Syrian artillery positions and an 
ammunitions truck. There were no immediate reports of casualties. But as an 
added precaution, the military instructed Israeli civilians from gathering in 
open areas in the border area.

   It was the second straight day that Israel responded to what it has 
described as errant fire from Syria. Israel has tried to stay out of the 
six-year civil war in Syria and refrained from taking sides, but has responded 
to spillover fire on numerous occasions.

   Israel also is believed to have carried out airstrikes on suspected weapons 
shipments to its archenemy Hezbollah, whose fighters are in Syria backing 
government forces.

   "Our policy is clear: We will not tolerate any spillover or trickle 
whatsoever --- neither mortars nor rockets, from any front," Prime Minister 
Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday. "We will respond strongly to any 
attack on our territory or our citizens."

   He also said Israel views "with utmost gravity" Iranian attempts to gain a 
foothold in Syria or to provide advanced weapons to Hezbollah, its Lebanese 
proxy.

   In Saturday's fighting, Israeli aircraft struck various positions, 
destroying two tanks, in response to more than 10 projectiles that landed in 
its territory, the military said.

   Syrian state media said a number of people were killed.

   Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war. It 
subsequently annexed the strategic plateau overlooking northern Israel, but 
that annexation is not international recognized.


(KA)

 
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