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Israeli airstrikes in Syrian Golan Heights reportedly leave 2 killed

June 24, 2017 7:02 P.M. (Updated: June 24, 2017 7:02 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Israeli army attacked Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights on Saturday, after errant fire from the Syrian side spilled over into the Israeli occupied part of the territory, according to the Israeli army. 

The Israeli attack reportedly left two Syrian army soldiers killed in the city of Quneitra, according to Syrian media reports.

The Israeli army said in a statement that over 10 projectiles were fired from Syria, hitting an open area and causing no injuries or damages.

“In response,” the Israeli army said sometime later, “Israeli aircraft targeted the origin of the launches and two Syrian tanks.”

“Due to the unacceptable breach of Israeli sovereignty, an official protest has been filed with United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF),” the army’s statement concluded.

Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the Golan Heights has been tense, with a growing number of rockets and mortar rounds hitting the Israeli side, mostly stray, prompting occasional armed responses.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometers of the Golan Heights in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.

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