Israel warns Syria to halt attacks after exchange of fire in the Golan Heights


William booth and Loveday Morris
Reuters
May 21, 2013

In blunt language marking a turn away from diplomatic caution, Israel warned the Syrian government Tuesday that it “would suffer the consequences” if it continued to press attacks, hours after Syrian and Israeli troops exchanged fire along the cease-fire line in the occupied Golan Heights.

After an Israel Defense Forces jeep was hit by machine-gun fire from a Syrian military post on the cease-fire line, a potential flash point for spillover from Syria’s civil war, Israel “returned pinpoint fire at the source,” an Israeli military spokesman said.

Israeli defense officials said the military responded with a short-range, antitank Spike missile.

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