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Israeli airstrikes target 3 Syrian military sites

July 12, 2018 12:53 P.M. (Updated: July 12, 2018 12:53 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army carried out airstrikes targeting three Syrian military sites on Wednesday night.

According to an Israeli army spokesperson, the Israeli air force hit three sites in response to a Syrian drone violating Israeli airspace and was intercepted overnight.

The spokesperson added that Israel holds the Syrian regime responsible for actions carried out inside its territory and warned of further actions against Israeli forces.

He said that the Israeli army would continue to act firmly against any attempts from Syria to breach the sovereignty of Israel and to harm its citizens.

The Israeli army confirmed that it is ready to confront various scenarios and would continue to secure the safety of Israeli citizens.

As Syrian government forces advance on rebels in the vicinity of the Israeli-occupied Syrian territory of the Golan Heights, which Israel took from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel has been on high alert. 

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.

Al-Marsad, the Arab Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Syrian Golan, estimates that around 130,000 Syrians were displaced by Israel from the Golan during the 1967 takeover, a population that has now grown to around 430,000, many of whom live in areas hit by the continued violence in Syria.

The Israeli military tightened the northern border of the occupied Golan Heights in the summer of 2015, reportedly in an effort to prevent access to Syria by Druze living in the occupied area who said they would cross the border in order to protect their brethren in the ongoing Syrian civil war.
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