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Syrian army confirms Israeli strikes

English.news.cn   2014-03-19 20:27:03

DAMASCUS, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian army confirmed on Wednesday the fresh Israeli strikes on Syrian sites in the southern province of Qunaitera, warning such acts would jeopardize the security and stability of the region.

"In another violation to the disengagement agreement, the Zionist enemy launched multiple artillery, anti-tank shells near the Syrian town of Shaita in Qunaitera on Tuesday, causing material losses," local media quoted military statement as saying.

The report said that the Israeli war jets on Wednesday carried out air strikes against the Syrian sites in the vicinity of the Qunaitera, which is adjacent to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The air strikes killed a Syrian soldier and injured seven others, Syrian military said, adding that the Israeli aggression coincided with an attack by "terrorist" militants from Jordan against a central prison in southern Syria. Activists said the rebels succeeded to storm the prison and freed all of its inmates.

Syrian media has not spelled details regarding the attack against the prison.

Meanwhile, the military said the new "Zionist" attack is an attempt to divert the attention from recent successive victories of the Syrian troops, mainly in the city of Yabroud.

It warned that "these disparate attempts to escalate the situation by repeating such aggressive acts would jeopardize the security and stability of the region and would open the door ahead of all eventualities."

For its part, Israel said it has attacked several Syrian military sites in retaliation of a bombing that wounded four of its soldiers in the occupied Golan Heights a day earlier.

Earlier this month, Israel fired multiple rockets from the occupied Golan Heights into a town in Qunaitera.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said the attacks were signs of the Israeli coordination with the Syrian rebels, an accusation that is becoming more probed after Israel had received a total of 1,600 Syrian rebels and provided them with medical treatment in northern Israel near the Golan Heights.

Syria has technically been in a state of war with Israel since a long time ago. Their enmity has risen with the Syrian administration rendering support to the Lebanese Hezbollah.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Arab-Israel war. Syria launched another war in 1973 to regain some small parts of the land that Israel occupied six years earlier.


Editor: Luan
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