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ALEPPO, SYRIA - JUNE 26: Syrians inspect the destroyed buildings following a Syrian government air strike in Aleppo, Syria, on June 26, 2014. At least 17 people including women and children were killed during an air strike by the Syrian army on opposition-held areas in Aleppo Thursday, opposition activists said. (Photo by Salih Mahmud Leyla/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Iraqi mourners carry the coffin of a member of the Shiite militia Asaib Ahl al-Haq (The League of the Righteous) who was reportedly killed in Syria, during his funeral, on June 26, 2014, in the central shrine city of Najaf. AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR HAMDANI (Photo credit should read HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - JUNE 26: A Syrian boy works at the site of a Syrian government air strike in Aleppo, Syria, on June 26, 2014. At least 17 people including women and children were killed during an air strike by the Syrian army on opposition-held areas in Aleppo Thursday, opposition activists said. (Photo by Salih Mahmud Leyla/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Rebel fighters aid injured civilians following reported shelling by regime forces on Jobar, on the outskirt of Damascus on June 26, 2014. The Syrian air force carried out air strikes targeting militants on the Syrian side of the Iraq-Syria border this week, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told the BBC. AFP PHOTO / LENS OF A YOUNG DIMASHQI (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers help themselves with food while positioned near the Quneitra checkpoint on the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on June 22, 2014. The teenage son of an Israeli defence ministry contractor was killed today on the Golan, in the most serious incident on the plateau since the Syrian war erupted in 2011. Israel's defence ministry and the army said the 15-year-old was killed when a blast hit the car he was travelling in with his father and another contractor, both of whom were wounded. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers are seen near a Merkava tank near the Quneitra checkpoint on the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on June 22, 2014. The teenage son of an Israeli defence ministry contractor was killed today on the Golan, in the most serious incident on the plateau since the Syrian war erupted in 2011. Israel's defence ministry and the army said the 15-year-old was killed when a blast hit the car he was travelling in with his father and another contractor, both of whom were wounded. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers of a Merkava tank unit are seen in their position near the Quneitra checkpoint on the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on June 22, 2014. The teenage son of an Israeli defence ministry contractor was killed today on the Golan, in the most serious incident on the plateau since the Syrian war erupted in 2011. Israel's defence ministry and the army said the 15-year-old was killed when a blast hit the car he was travelling in with his father and another contractor, both of whom were wounded. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
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. The teenage son of an Israeli defence ministry contractor was killed today on the Golan, in the most serious incident on the plateau since the Syrian war erupted in 2011. Israel's defence ministry and the army said the 15-year-old was killed when a blast hit the car he was travelling in with his father and another contractor, both of whom were wounded. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers of a Merkava tank unit are seen in their position near the Quneitra checkpoint on the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on June 22, 2014. The teenage son of an Israeli defence ministry contractor was killed today on the Golan, in the most serious incident on the plateau since the Syrian war erupted in 2011. Israel's defence ministry and the army said the 15-year-old was killed when a blast hit the car he was travelling in with his father and another contractor, both of whom were wounded. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers of a Merkava tank unit are seen in their position near the Quneitra checkpoint on the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on June 22, 2014. The teenage son of an Israeli defence ministry contractor was killed today on the Golan, in the most serious incident on the plateau since the Syrian war erupted in 2011. Israel's defence ministry and the army said the 15-year-old was killed when a blast hit the car he was travelling in with his father and another contractor, both of whom were wounded. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
GOLAN HEIGHTS, UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers deployed on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GOLAN HEIGHTS, UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers deployed on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GOLAN HEIGHTS - JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers deploy on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GOLAN HEIGHTS - JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers stand on a Merkava tank on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GOLAN HEIGHTS - JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier stands near a shell next to a Merkava tank on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GOLAN HEIGHTS - JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier carries shells to a Merkava tank on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GOLAN HEIGHTS - JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier carries a shell on a Merkava tank on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GOLAN HEIGHTS - JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers are briefed next to a Merkava on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GOLAN HEIGHTS - JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier carries a shell on a Merkava tank on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GOLAN HEIGHTS - JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers stand next to a Merkava tank on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GOLAN HEIGHTS - JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier carries a shell to a Merkava tank on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GOLAN HEIGHTS - JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier stands on Armoured personnel carrier on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GOLAN HEIGHTS - JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers stand on a Merkava tank on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GOLAN HEIGHTS - JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers look at maps on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GOLAN HEIGHTS - JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier carries shells to a Merkava tank on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers look at maps next to their Merkava tank positioned near the Quneitra checkpoint on the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on June 22, 2014, after the son of an Israeli defence ministry contractor was killed when a blast hit the car he was travelling in with his father and another contractor. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers stand next to their Merkava tanks positioned near the Quneitra checkpoint on the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on June 22, 2014, after the son of an Israeli defence ministry contractor was killed when a blast hit the car he was travelling in with his father and another contractor. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli soldier loads shells into his Merkava tank positioned near the Quneitra checkpoint on the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on June 22, 2014, after the son of an Israeli defence ministry contractor was killed when a blast hit the car he was travelling in with his father and another contractor. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli soldier prepares to load shells into his Merkava tank positioned near the Quneitra checkpoint on the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on June 22, 2014, after the son of an Israeli defence ministry contractor was killed when a blast hit the car he was travelling in with his father and another contractor. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli soldier prepares to load shells into his Merkava tank positioned near the Quneitra checkpoint on the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on June 22, 2014, after the son of an Israeli defence ministry contractor was killed when a blast hit the car he was travelling in with his father and another contractor. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers climb on their Merkava tank positioned near the Quneitra checkpoint on the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on June 22, 2014, after the son of an Israeli defence ministry contractor was killed when a blast hit the car he was travelling in with his father and another contractor. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 28: Palestinians are taken into custody at the protest against closing the Damascus and Herod's Gate during the rally of Jerusalem Day in Jerusalem, Israel, on May 28, 2014. (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers carry shells to their tank following the first death on the Israeli side of the Golan since the Syrian civil war erupted more than three years ago, near the Israeli village of Alonei Habashan, in the area of Tel Hazeka, close to the Quneitra border crossing in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Sunday, June 22, 2014. A civilian vehicle in the Golan Heights was targeted by forces in neighboring Syria on Sunday in an attack that killed a 15-year-old boy and prompted Israeli tanks to retaliate by firing on Syrian government targets, the Israeli military said. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Wednesday, June 18, 2014 photo, Palestinian refugee Mahmoud Almansi, 79, poses for a picture in the West Bank refugee camp of Al-Amari, where he has lived since the age of 13. A lifetime has passed since hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced out their homes in the Mideast war over Israel's 1948 creation. Today, those who were uprooted and their descendants number more than 5 million people, scattered across the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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By RYAN LUCAS and JOSEF FEDERMAN
Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister is warning the warring parties in Syria against any attempt to heat up tensions with Israel.

Benjamin Netanyahu spoke hours after Israel carried out a series of airstrikes in Syria in response to a cross-border missile attack Sunday that killed an Israeli teenager.

Speaking to members of his Likud Party Monday, Netanyahu said Israel operated with "great force" against Syrian targets. "If needed," he said, Israel will use additional force.

Netanyahu says Israel will continue to "forcefully hurt" anyone who tries to attack it.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Israeli air raids on several Syrian military facilities overnight killed at least 10 troops and destroyed an army command center, an activist group said Monday.

The Syrian government has not commented on the airstrikes, which the Israeli military said hit nine targets inside Syria before dawn. The raids were in response to a cross-border attack the previous day that killed an Israeli civilian.

The director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdurrahman, said the Israeli strikes destroyed two tanks, two artillery batteries and the headquarters of Syria's 90th brigade.

The Observatory collects its information through a network of activists inside Syria.

The Israeli military said "direct hits were confirmed" on the targets, which were located near the site of Sunday's violence in the Golan Heights and included a regional military command center and unspecified "launching positions."

Israel has kept a close eye on the Syrian uprising since it began in March 2011, although it has avoided backing either side in the conflict. On several occasions, artillery rounds have landed on the Israeli side of the de facto border, drawing limited Israeli reprisals.

Israel also has carried out several airstrikes in Syria over the past three years, primarily targeting suspected weapons shipments allegedly destined for Hezbollah militants in neighboring Lebanon.

The latest air raids, however, came after an Israeli civilian vehicle was struck by fire from the Syrian side of the border as it drove in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. A teenage Israeli boy was killed and two other people were wounded in what was the first deadly incident along the volatile Israeli-Syrian frontier since the start of the Syrian civil war.

The Israeli vehicle was delivering water in contract work for the Defense Ministry when it was struck Sunday.

"Yesterday's attack was an unprovoked act of aggression against Israel, and a direct continuation to recent attacks that occurred in the area," said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman. He said the military "will not tolerate any attempt to breach Israel's sovereignty and will act in order to safeguard the civilians of the state of Israel."

It was not immediately clear whether Syrian troops or one of the many rebel groups battling the government carried out Sunday's deadly attack in the Golan. But Lerner said it was clear that the attack was intentional. Israel has repeatedly said it holds the Syrian government responsible for any attacks emanating from its territory, regardless of who actually carries them out.

Israel captured the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau overlooking northern Israel, from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war. Israel's annexation of the area has never been recognized internationally.

The incident occurred in the area of Tel Hazeka, near the Quneitra crossing. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian troops had shelled nearby targets on the Syrian border earlier in the day.

Israeli police identified the boy as Mohammed Karaka, 14, of the Arab village of Arraba in northern Israel. Local media said he had accompanied his father, the truck driver, to work.

Late Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he spoke to the boy's father and offered his condolences.

"Our enemies don't differentiate between Jews and non-Jews, adults and children," he told an international gathering of Jewish journalists.

In his address, Netanyahu said in conflicts like Syria, where al-Qaida-inspired extremists are battling Iranian-backed Syrian troops, there is no good choice and it is best for Israel to sit back and let its enemies weaken each other.

"This is a fault line between civilization and savagery," he said.

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