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.

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  1. Dave

    I LOVE Israel. You don't see these idiots attacking Israels or Russians embassy because they know they wont mess around. Can you imagine Putin making excuses for 2 weeks before he admits it was a terrorist attack.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave's Reply

      Are you going to LOVE ww3? –

      November 11, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      to post above: Si vis pacem, para bellum. "If you wish for peace, prepare for war"

      November 11, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • SeeThruIt2

      How long did WWII last? And how long are the current wars lasting?

      November 11, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • tnsurge

      Putin doesn't even make excuses for attacking his own people!

      November 11, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • It ain't so

      wow..just wow.. and I bet you even believe this. The more I think of it.....rofl, lol

      November 11, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Thinker23

    During the 1970s various terrorist groups in Lebanon kidnapped for ransom and murdered foreigners almost on a daily basis. One day a Soviet diplomat was kidnapped and a ransom demand delivered to the Soviets. A day later a package containing two severed heads of the terrorist leaders was left at the group's headquarters. The diplomat was released the same day and not a single Soviet (or, later, Russian) official was ever harmed in Lebanon since.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Taskmaster

      Thinker23: Thank you for your post. The only thing that a terrorist respects is terror. Terrorist cannot be defeated with respect or reason. It's like the old saying "you have to fight fire with fire"

      November 11, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      get the story straight!!!!! it wasnt the severed heads...during the 80's when it was envogue to take foreign hostages, beirut lebanon, some group took a soviet diplomat and the kgb found out who the kiddnappers were....they didnt sever any heads, what the kgb did, was grab up the male realitves of the kidnappers and tied them to a tree in the area of the the mouths of these male realitives, their severed genitals were strategically placed for all to see...the soviet hostages were released within hours of seeing the bodies of their male realatives in such a matter...words might hurt, pictures might be worth a 1000 words, but payback is a b**ch........

      November 11, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. giz

    its the one place that is not cancer in the middle east. and the cancer is spreading!

    November 11, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jim - Tampa

    At least to peace....

    November 11, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Photog1

    You can bet none of Romney's sons will show up.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. sharon

    please GOOGLE:: 911missinglinks :: israel is no friend of USA....

    November 11, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Mo

      Google conspiracy theorists and your name will probably show up too (right next to The Donald's)

      November 11, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alon

    ...or maybe he is stating the truth which most of y'all call it sacrilege.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. rad666

    "stating that fire emanating from Syria into Israel will not be tolerated and shall be responded to with severity," the IDF said." and we do not care how much it costs in American lives or dollars.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • love usa

      U R right on my friend. israel don't care about american lives.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Who's really to blame here?

      "... and we do not care how much it costs in American lives or dollars." Those are YOUR words, not theirs. Trying to drum something up, Mr. Troll?

      November 11, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Aaron Israel

    What a lovely statement about the only democracy in the middle east so even this conflict is part of "Israel cancerious" I have no respect for you lady feel so sorry for your mentality you are lucky to live in the USA an statement like hat in ANY middle esatern country except Israel will keep you and your mouth locked

    November 11, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • THETruth

      'Democracy' hahaha! I doubt all Israelis want war. I highly doubt that.

      November 11, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob Bales

      In all probability, very few if any Israelis want war. However, even less do they want to be destroyed.

      November 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      You should be aware that claiming that Israel is the only democracy in the ME marks you as an ignoramus and a racist, along the lines of claiming that Obama was born in Kenya.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JD Beverly Hills

    Dearest Ruthie,
    Since YOU are the one who seems to be suffering from CANCER of the brain, I recommend immediate chemotherapy on your brain. Good luck and I hope you have good medical insurance. Feel better and wish you the best of health.

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

    GOOGLE: USS LIBERTY: israel killed 35 american sailors cold blood. israel is not a friend of USA

    November 11, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • DJones

      The Us investigated and concluded that it was an accident. Get over it.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. sawolf

    Google Pearl Harbor or Battle of the Bulge, acehole, and observe past behavior of our current allies.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Aaron Israel

    Why dont you give your real name "kathy"? what town you live ? I will love to take you for a movie and coffee and teach you some history and show you what people like Hitler did to the word....No respect for you waste of time an energy to reply to people like you !

    November 11, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Taskmaster

    If the U.S. and The U.N. had left Israel alone in 1967 Israel would have removed the REAL cancer and the middle east would be a land of peace now.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      If america and its allies hadn't given european jews the land after ww2, which they had no claim to, then most of this mes would never have happened

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

    l did

    November 11, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
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