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Syria fires on Israeli military vehicle, Israel returns fire

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May 21, 2013 | 7:56 am

Israeli Chief of Staff Maj. General Benny Gantz, second from left, looking at the Syrian side during a visit to Israel’s northerm border, May 21, 2013. (IDF Spokesperson)

Israeli Chief of Staff Maj. General Benny Gantz, second from left, looking at the Syrian side during a visit to Israel’s northerm border, May 21, 2013. (IDF Spokesperson)

Syria fired on and damaged an Israeli army jeep, and Israel retaliated with a missile attack, the Israeli military said.

No one was injured when Syria opened fire on an Israeli army patrol early Tuesday morning in the Golan Heights, the Israel Defense Forces said. It was the third time this week that Israeli positions were targeted by Syria.

In retaliation, the IDF said an Israeli missile struck the source of Tuesday’s gunfire.

The IDF lodged a complaint with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, a peacekeeping force that was established in 1974.

The Syrian military claimed in a statement issued Tuesday that its military destroyed an Israeli military vehicle and its occupants. The statement said the jeep crossed the cease-fire line in the Golan Heights.

Israeli troops manning a border observation point in the Golan Heights were fired on Sunday and Monday. The Israelis did not retaliate but lodged a separate complaint with the U.N. observer force.

Also Tuesday, Israel transferred an injured Syrian national from the border to a hospital in northern Israel for surgery to treat shrapnel wounds.

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