Israel returns fire into Syria in warning over spillover violence
On Nov. 7, smoke rose after an explosion in Syria close to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria.
November 11th, 2012
10:25 AM ET

Israel returns fire into Syria in warning over spillover violence

[Update 10:22 a.m.] Today's firing of warning shots into Syria - in response to apparent spillover violence from the internal conflict in Syria - marks the first time since 1973 that Israel has fired into Syria across the Golan Heights.  After the Yom Kippur War, an international agreement was established between Syria and the Israel, mandated by the United Nations, establishing a demilitarized zone in the region.

Israel's move today came after the fourth time in ten days that the Syrian conflict spilled over into Israel, the Israeli military said.

The complaint Israel filed with the United Nations is the third in the past 10 days.

Syrian tanks entered the Golan Heights demilitarized zone last week and fired into Syria; bullets fired at the tanks in response struck an Israeli military vehicle in part of the Golan Heights that Israel claims as its own. Mortars also fell in part of the Golan that Israel considers its territory.  No one was injured, the Israeli military said.

"“We interpret it as pinpoint leaks into Israel territory," said Avital Leibovich, spokeswoman for the Israeli military.  "It’s totally internal conflict in Syria. We believe that Israel is not the target here. We are looking at either stray bullets or stray mortars."

[Posted 8:05 a.m.] Israel fired warning shots toward Syria today after a mortar shell hit an Israeli military post, the Israel Defense Forces said.

The shell hit an IDF post in the Golan Heights adjacent to the Israel-Syria border, "as part of the internal conflict inside Syria," the IDF said in a statement.  "No damage or injuries have been reported."

Israel has filed a complaint through U.N. forces operating in the area, "stating that fire emanating from Syria into Israel will not be tolerated and shall be responded to with severity," the IDF said.

soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. kathy

    google::: INSIDEJOB ::: israel's goal is to destroy america.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. nuke iran

    drop a nuke on everyone except israel mazel tov shwatzahs

    November 11, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Jaffy

      Your comment truly reflects pure ignorance and racism. you'll believe anything you read in American media outlets...take a peek at European media for insight on what Israel is actually up to in that region and you will quickly understand how the other side of the truth.
      sadly, people like you are allowed to vote.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. DJones

    Your comment is racists and vile, not to mention completely erroneous.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. love USA

    google:::: 1946 palestine map. then google 2012 palestine map. then you will realize how much palestine land has been stolen by israel.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • CPETE

      google manifest destiny - America is no friend of the natives lol

      November 11, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Mo

      Google Balfour Declaration idiot! there wasn't supposed to be a Palestinian State to begin with and it wasn't until the 60's after Israel rightfully got land from Jordan did the PLO start

      November 11, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. ixg

    Most west bank settlers are American Jews settling the west bank in the name of Israel. Americans. US Citizens. Extremists are no good no matter what side of the map they fall on. I am a secular American Jew with plenty of family inside the state of Israel. Its time for moderates of all races, colors, religions to stand up for our beliefs and turn away the extremists within our own communities. Revoke the US citizenship of any American inciting war on behalf of another country.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Freedom Fascist

    One thing I pray for when the dust of WW3 ends, that Israel is a dead crater. If there is any justice in the world...

    November 11, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • THETruth

      You see common people in Israel are just like you and me. Same as Middle East Europe or America. We people only wanna live in peace. It's the Politicians and Lobbies with dark agendas who want wars to gain resources. Wake Up Please

      November 11, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. David ben Cohen

    Ruthie, do you always make staements without support of facts? Either you are a troll or just a very ignorant individual. In either case, your post indicates the latter.

    November 11, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. THETruth

    Ok, Israel is at it again. A bully state, killing without mercy on a daily basis. In Gaza they are treating same way to poor Palestinians as did Hitler to poor Jews in Europe. I am not a racist person or anything but truth is truth!

    November 11, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Who's really to blame here?

      Oh yes... Israel is at it again... protecting herself against attacks from her neighbors. How cruel... how heartless...

      November 11, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • muti

      I guess u have a problem when Israel protects itself against Syrias unprovoked attack.

      November 11, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. john

    What? No backlash from the US on this?

    Of course not. Israel is free to do whatever they want. After all, they're just the poor Jews on the block.

    Watch out US. You are the servants of the Jewish Empire.

    November 11, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • THETruth

      well said

      November 11, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Who's really to blame here?

      Backlash to what? Protecting themselves against attack? You're pitiful.

      November 11, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Zulux

      All you have to do is listen to the predidential debate. Israel was mentioned 32 times and it was a race who can suck up more to israel. For israel, American lives are cheap since they're not the "chosen people"

      November 11, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Who's to blame here?

    "Israel fires shots into Syria" screams the biased, provocative headline on the front page. Not a word about Israel being attacked first by mortar fire until you've clicked to see the article.

    ... and if you don't click you race away to the next article with the certainty that evil old Israel has once again bullied and attacked her dear innocent neighbors for no reason at all.

    Why didn't the front page headline read "Mortar shot hits Israeli military post" since that's what provoked the incident? ... a rhetorical question as we all know the reason for that.

    November 11, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • THETruth

      Easy there chap. Do not mix whole matter with cheap sensationalism.

      ...These people are killers and they have an apartheid'd state. Find some facts with open mind (that if you want to reason)

      November 11, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob Bales

      By definition, an apartheid state is one that discriminates against some of its citizens on the basis of race. It is a fact that Israel gives all races and religions equal rights.

      Whatever you may think of Israel and its actions, it is a fact that Israel is NOT an apartheid state.

      November 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hide Behind

    The hubris by damn near every respondents that all arabic peoples and their lands and resources are no more than pawns for outside mainly eurocentrics needs is quite evident.
    No questions on why so many euro centrics were in someone elses lands.
    No questioning that the responce to a nationalistic cause was met by a brutality that has no place in a civilized world. Was it the brutality that is giving vicarious pleasure to some, for they show no higher cause than the act itself.
    Even the pacifist US and they are a very small minority of Reformed Judaism, still treat the Arabic especially those in or near israeli borders as children. Wards of an Israeli state not as sentient human beings capable of making own lifes decisions.

    November 11, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • It ain't so

      If you were a professer, I bet those that fell asleep while you babbled on like this, learned just as much as those awake and taking note,, and at the end of their notes it would say.... Prof needs to lay off the weed.

      November 11, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • rick

      children thinking they are playing with fireworks bombard israel every day with lethal rockets. children need to be treated like children by their parents and their teachers but when the parents and teachers ignore their responsibilities they should not be crying foul when the victims of their children respond. all we ever hear is the crying and breast beating accompanying the tired mantra: "woe is me, woe is me, everyone but us is responsible for our misery"

      November 11, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Cannuck

      Hubris...you nailed it. The US and its allies are in the middle east to support empire–nothing more. Freedom and democracy? Sure sure. They are perfectly willing to keep dictators in power, as long as they do their bidding.

      The Americans should study history. What brings down empires? Hubris, mainly. A failure to recognize that their actions a detrimental to their survival.

      November 11, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. TopView20

    Syria would make a great parking lot. Not much renovating required.

    November 11, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Cannuck

      This is a typical view of a SMALL percentage of ignorant, racist Americans. Congrats.

      November 11, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bomont

    I agree

    November 11, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Chuck

    I still believe Bush is responsible for this.

    November 11, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. C artman

    Do you know many joos have little pouches of gold they wear around their neck? And their youth attend something called Jewbilee?

    November 11, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
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