Israel attacks Syrian posts after cross-border fire from Syria

Israel tells civilians to steer clear of Syria border

Saturday's so-called retaliatory strikes targeted Syrian positions north of Golan Heights where rockets were allegedly fired from on Israeli territories.

The spokesperson said that the fire was a "result of the internal fighting in Syria". But with Israelis flocking to the Golan Heights in the summer for hikes and fruit picking, the military asked them to keep their distance from the border area.

Syrian state media said a number of people were killed and, citing the Syrian military command, said five soldiers were wounded.

Israel annexed a large part of the Golan Heights after capturing it from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed the territory in a move not recognized by the worldwide community.

"The Saturday strike of the Israeli air force aircraft in the Golan Heights area was in fact carried out against the armored vehicles of the Jabhat al-Nusra militants". No injuries were reported.

"We are not willing to accept any "drizzle" [of fire] or "spillover" on any front".

While Israel has refrained from intervening in the Syrian conflict, the IDF has responded to stray fire from Syria with artillery shelling or an air strike against Syrian army or rebel positions, in most cases targeting the source of fire.

It was the seventh such incident in a week and came as fighting between Assad's regime and the numerous rebel groups in southern Syria has been escalating. "We will respond strongly to any attack on our territory or our citizens".

"We have no intention of allowing the breech of our sovereignty and harming of our security to go unpassed", said Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The Israeli planes destroyed positions from where cannon shots hit the Golan Heights, an action that Tel Aviv interpreted as an attack, the source added.

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