Israel fires missile into Syria

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According to the Israeli military, the mortars, which exploded in a field, caused no damage or injuries. It also said it was likely stray fire. The UN has been informed of the mortar landings.

Dozens of errant mortar shells have landed in the Israeli territory since the Syria unrest began in 2011. Israel has filed a complaint with the UN peacekeeping forces in the Golan, asking them to end the cross-border shelling. Israel has also shot back occasional missiles at Syrian army positions in response to errant mortar fire.

Last month, Israeli Minister for Military Affairs Moshe Ya’alon warned that Israel will not hesitate to respond to fire with fire. “Once attacks from Syria endanger us or violate our sovereignty, we will identify the source of fire and destroy it,” Ya’alon said.

The occupied Golan has been tense since the beginning of the conflict in Syria more than two years ago, and clashes behind the cease-fire line have prompted an occasional Israeli response every now and then. Israel has been technically at war with Syria, since the 1967 Six-Day War and it seems that Tel Aviv is fighting a proxy war inside Syria using the insurgents. Watch video

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EU bans financial support to Israeli settlements

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The European Union has decided to bar all 28 member states from using any EU funds for projects in Israel’s illegal settlements. Also beginning in 2014, all bilateral contracts must include a clause stating that East Jerusalem al-Quds, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Golan Heights are not a part of Israel.

The directive will primarily affect research projects and financial grants.

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Israelis in the occupied Golan Heights fear military escalation as Iran Pledges troops to Syria.

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Israelis in the occupied Golan Heights fear a dramatic military escalation on their doorstep – as America moves to arm the Syrian rebels and Iran reportedly pledges troops to help President Assad;

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Syria rebels open fire on convoy carrying Russian journalists

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RT reported a Russian TV crew came under fire in Syria when a mainly civilian convoy taking the journalists to the Golan Heights was shelled by Syrian rebels.

The convoy shelled on Saturday was led by a Syrian army military vehicle, and consisted of several cars occupied by civilians, including one with Russian TV journalists.

The shelling started when the cars were about 5 kilometers away from their destination — ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ — the only crossing between Syria and the Golan Heights, disputed territory claimed by both Syria and Israel.

“The Syrian troops started to fight the rebels back, but the insurgents targeted the civilian cars,” said Evgeny Poddubny, the head of the Russian TV crew and special correspondent for Rossiya TV channel.

Throughout the fighting, a Russian cameraman kept filming; gunshots can be heard on the video for 15 minutes. The footage also features a Syrian army officer reporting to command that armed militants attacked first, that shelling was coming from both sides of the road.

“The convoy could not make it to the checkpoint, the rebels set an ambush on the road, fighting broke out, the military responded with heavy fire to cover the retreat of our TV crew, and then they retreated themselves. The militants were further confronted by the field artillery, which is deployed in the area,” Poddubny said.

No one was injured in the attack. A similar incident occurred recently in the Golan Heights buffer zone when Checkpoint Charlie was attacked and seized by rebels on Thursday, and quickly recaptured by government troops.

“The militants use the status of the territory; they hide in the buffer zone and are carrying out attacks like the one you’ve just witnessed. Then they retreat. And we cannot carry out special operations here — as that would be a breach of international agreements. Besides, the rebels are getting help from Israel — it supplies them with ammunition and even provides medical aid to terrorists in mobile hospitals,” Syrian army General Nasr Haidar, whose regiment is deployed in the area, told Rossiya.

Provocations by the insurgents are seen as major reason why international peacekeepers have been withdrawing from the area. Austrian troops, which accounted for 40 percent of the UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, have announced their withdrawal.

This week, Russia proposed to replace Austrian UN peacekeepers on the Israel-Syria border. However, the mandate of the UN mission would not allow Russia’s participation.
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Syria seizes Israeli light-jeep spy truck used by insurgents in al-Qusayr

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Syria seizes Israeli light-jeep spy truck used by insurgents in al-Qusayr
According to the military in the Syrian army was among the troops that attacked the place where he was grabbing on the car Alasraúlah, that there was no Israeli flag is raised in place, and that the car was inside clothing and connections and communications equipment.

Learned and fields , quoting soldiers in the Syrian army that contacts were exposed to interference and interruptions during their progress in short, especially towards the area where adjusting mechanism Israeli.

Messages fields in short its part, reported that the Syrian army issued a set of gear and weapons left behind by the militants, including anti-tank missiles Asraúlah made.

In connection with the fields, said the president of the Center for Middle East Studies retired Brigadier General Hisham Jaber Commenting on the news exclusive “If true, this news it is evidence of a serious and direct involvement of Israel in the ongoing events in Syria.” He added, “We know that Israel is not far from what is happening in Syria and that the elements of the Israeli intelligence actively engaged in various places both in the capital, Damascus, or in areas controlled by the rebels, but must be in order to make sure that await Israeli response to this guide, which was published the picture” .

He added that “Israel is involved since the beginning, but in secret, and Israel is interested to keep the events in Syria as it is to see it in the ongoing battles there golden opportunity to Astnrav the Syrian military and human.”

The fields Web site last Friday referred to the revelations “Fox News Sunday” television in a report Thursday photographer and a crew from the Israeli special forces in Syria near the border area.

And the Israeli response is expected after these pictures documented Brigadier Jaber said, “either that Israel denies that this is a possibility, although the documents, or they will say this is an Israeli car was in the area of ​​the Golan Heights or supplying other excuses.”

On the ground and in the latest developments related to the ongoing military operations in the short-City Our Correspondents reported from the region that the Syrian army controlled so far most of the city’s neighborhoods and the existence of opposition fighters is limited to the northern district of the city
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Video shows Israeli troops returning from Syria

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The American Fox News channel has published a video showing Israeli troops returning from a mission inside the Syrian soil.

The news network says that it “captured, for the very first time, Israeli commandos coming back from inside Syria on a mission.”

The report does not specify how or where the film has been captured. But it appears to be near the occupied Golan Heights.

The video raised some concerning aspects of Israel regime’s role in the 26-month-old conflict in Syria.

After its aggressive attacks on Syrian soil in May 3 and May 5, Israeli regime has boosted its military activities in the area.

Israeli attacks were widely condemned by regional countries, as it was seen a threat to the security of the already voletile region. Syria described the act as a violation of its sovereignty and called on the UN Security Council to take action on the matter.

Syrian crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

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UN Golan peacekeepers still in militant custody

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The four UN Peacekeepers that were abducted on Tuesday remain unharmed according to a UN Peacekeeping spokesperson.

Negotiations to free the men all four of whom are Filipino are underway and the UN Secretary-General has condemned the incident.

The UN confirms that the foreign backed insurgents fighting the Syrian army are behind the abduction and it’s not the first time they’ve harassed UN Peacekeepers in the Golan.

It was back in March that the Yarmouk Brigades took 21 UN Peacekeepers prisoner being forced to release them after four days.

The Secretary-General issued a statement on Tuesday calling on QUOTE UNQUOTE-all parties to respect UNDOF’s freedom of movement and safety and security.”

Now the Secretary-General’s spokesman Martin Nesirky was asked how the UN is dealing with the situation on the ground.
Nesirky said that UNDOF’s mandate would be served but that forces had been pulled from the area.

The UN Security Council has also issued a press statement condemning the kidnapping one that named the Syrian Opposition specifically but this month’s Council President says the top U-N body needs to be briefed.

The kidnappings by the insurgents in Syria mark the latest in a series of gaffes that have created difficulty for their Western sponsors.

The militant group Al-Nusra has publicly allied itself with terrorist organization Al Qaeda and an independent UN investigator on Monday said that militants had possibly used chemical weapons.

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