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Syria: 4 killed, 9 wounded in Israeli airstrikes


BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian government says a series of Israeli airstrikes targeting troops killed four people and wounded nine others in its first comment on the incident.

A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry also said the attacks caused extensive damage to Syrian army positions and equipment.

It said five Israeli warplanes carried out the raids, which were accompanied by mortar rounds and tank shells. It called the attack a "flagrant violation" of its sovereignty and accused Israel of backing rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad.

Israel says it carried out the strikes in response to a cross-border attack in which a teenager was killed. It was not clear if the attack was carried out by government forces or rebels.

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

Israel's prime minister on Monday warned the warring parties in Syria against any attempt to heat up tensions with Israel, hours after the Israeli air force carried out a string of airstrikes in Syria in response to a deadly cross-border attack.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would respond with even tougher force if there are any further attacks against his country.

"Last night we operated with great force against Syrian targets that acted against us, and if needed we will use additional force," he told members of his Likud Party. "We will continue to forcefully hurt anyone who attacks us or tries to attack us."

The Israeli military said the air raids struck nine targets in neighboring Syria. The Syrian government has not commented, but an activist group said the airstrikes killed at least 10 troops and destroyed an army command center.

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 what the army says was an anti-tank missile fired 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. While Israel was still investigating the incident Monday, security officials said the prime suspect was the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, a close Syrian ally and bitter foe of Israel.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to talk to the media, said they did not expect the situation to escalate immediately but that it remains tense.

Defense officials have feared that Hezbollah or some other militant group might try to open a new front with Israel at a time when the army is carrying out a broad operation in the West Bank. Thousands of troops have been searching for three teenagers who disappeared on June 12 and are believed to have been kidnapped by Palestinian militants.

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

The incident occurred in the area of Tel Hazeka, near the Quneitra crossing. The Observatory 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.

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for.good.or.evil June 23 2014 at 12:29 PM

A well known man spoke of this point in time over 40 years prior to today.!

This man, a man ahead of his time, spoke of what would happen if a man named Barack Hussein Obama became America's President and a.k.a "leader of the free world"...
I think you will agree.


If I were the devil . . .

I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;

I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man's effort, instead of God's blessings;

I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;

I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;

I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;

I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;

I would make it socially acceptable to take one's own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;

I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings;

I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a lawsuit;

I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;

I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda;

I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation.

I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;

I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art;

I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;

I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;

I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible is for the naive;

I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;

I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are.


If I Were the Devil...

Paul Harvey's Warning to America ...

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wbearl June 23 2014 at 12:41 PM

Please take note, this is the way you respond to people who assault you or yours. Syria killed a couple Jews, the Jews kill 4 Syrians. We once had a President who had that policy and no one messed with us.

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csshalimar June 23 2014 at 1:34 PM

Time to let Israel take care of the middle east, Go Israel!

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jarvchr June 23 2014 at 1:52 PM

See Obama this is how it is done. You don't warn and make threats to a bully, you hit them in the mouth.

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maggiemoe1950 June 23 2014 at 12:42 PM

Genesis 12:3 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."
In the Book of Genesis, Chapter 12, Verse 1-3, we see what God says about His response to how people treat Israel:
LOOK OUT AMERICA.
Is it, IN GOD WE TRUST ?
Or, is it in man You Trust ?
The day We turn our back on Israel, will be the day we loose GOD'S BLESSINGS.

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lalalexm1 June 23 2014 at 12:44 PM

No "Red Line" here. Just a stern warning. "Don't $%^& with us."

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barryaclarke lalalexm1 June 23 2014 at 1:04 PM

I glad to see they have the "conjones" to do what needs to be done. Now, let President Obama show us what he is going to do about Ambassador Christopher Stevens who was one of four Americans murdered by terrorists at the Benghazi, Libya, embassy compound last September. Oh, that's right, we captured one of many who took part in this massacre. We should have went in and bomb the crap out of them like we did once before. But, the Muslim terrorists know the United States is now lead by a paper tiger..................

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Lakotawmn1 lalalexm1 June 23 2014 at 5:24 PM

Way to go Israel!

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ktz1017 June 23 2014 at 1:50 PM

Israel does not take any sh*t from the Arabs that surround them. Show them one weakness and they will be overrun. Somewhere in the Arab world people know where those kids are. Give them back and the shooting will stop. Simple as that.

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Furball June 23 2014 at 1:44 PM

way to go..Is kick ass.

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Lakotawmn1 Furball June 23 2014 at 5:26 PM

Furball, I agree. Also no war has ever been won be fighting it surgically.

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secndhandtreasur Lakotawmn1 June 23 2014 at 5:47 PM

Really go tell that to Colin Powell or Stormin Norman. If you have never been to war stf UP.

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furio June 23 2014 at 12:52 PM

The Liberal/Communists will now join the New York Times in denouncing the Jews opps
the Zionists for attempting to rescue three kids kidnapped by their Islamic heroes.
The young boy these Islamics killed in Golan was an Arab Israeli that is being avenged
by his fellow citizens in the IDF
This is all the fault of Obama and his Democrats!

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kimcrdr June 23 2014 at 1:14 PM

Netanyahu....... now that is a LEADER! I hope O takes notes, cause lord knows he needs them!

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