Israeli military reports 'direct hits' on Syrian artillery launcher in first open clash

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Associated Press

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 3:04 PM

TEL HAZEKA, Golan Heights (AP) — There are fresh fears today that Syria's civil war could drag Israel into a conflict that has already spilled into Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

After firing what it described as a "warning shot" into Syria yesterday in response to a mortar shell, Israel's military today said its tanks scored a "direct hit" on a mobile artillery launcher after another stray mortar fell into Israel territory in the Golan Heights. The military would not say whether the launcher belonged to the Syrian army, saying only it had targeted the "source of fire."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told foreign ambassadors that Israel is closely monitoring the situation and will not allow its border to be violated.

Meanwhile, a Turkish official says a Syrian fighter jet made three bombing runs over a rebel-held area along the border with Turkey today, killing as many as 20 people. The official also reports that eight Syrians wounded in separate incidents died in Turkey.

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177-a-10-(Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, in address to visiting foreign ambassadors)-"also our duty"-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says their military response to shells fired from Syria was warranted. (12 Nov 2012)

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178-a-16-(Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, in address to visiting foreign ambassadors)-"defend our people"-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting ambassadors that he believed they would do likewise if put in the same position. (12 Nov 2012)

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147-r-08-(Sound of explosions and gunfire, near the Syrian-Israeli border)--Sound of explosions and gunfire near Israel's border with Syria after the Israeli military opened fire on Syrian targets. COURTESY: CH2 ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 Nov 2012)

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140-r-26-(Sound of men talking and shouting frantically, as they search for victims of an apparent Syrian military airstrike (from video provided by Ugarit News, which is not a recognized news-gathering organization. It has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting.))--Sound of men shouting frantically as they search the wreckage for victims of a purported Syrian military air strike. COURTESY: Ugarit News ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 Nov 2012)

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138-v-28-(Mark Lavie, AP correspondent)--Fighting in Syria has spilled into Turkey and Israel. More from AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo. (12 Nov 2012)

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139-c-11-(Mark Lavie, AP correspondent)-"across the borders"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie reports rockets fired from Syria have landed in two neighboring countries. (12 Nov 2012)

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136-r-04-(Sound of Fighter jet overhead, near Turkish border with Syria)--Sound of a Syrian fighter jet overhead near the Turkish border with Syria. (12 Nov 2012)

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137-r-09-(Sound of men shouting while a hospital stretcher is wheeled along rough street, at a hospital near Turkish border with Syria)--Sound of men pulling an injured man from a car, then placing him onto a hospital stretcher before wheeling him into the hospital. (12 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO ASC106: Israeli tanks, one in position, the other getting into a firing position in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights overlooking the Syrian village of Bariqa, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. The Israeli military says "Syrian mobile artillery" was hit after responding to stray mortar fire from its northern neighbor. The incident marked the second straight day that Israel has responded to fire from Syria that does not appear to be aimed at Israeli targets, nonetheless Israel has promised a tough response if the fire continues. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) (1 Jan 2000)

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APPHOTO ASC104: An explosion after shells fired by the Syrian army hit the Syrian village of Bariqa, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. The Israeli military says "Syrian mobile artillery" was hit after responding to stray mortar fire from its northern neighbor. The incident marked the second straight day that Israel has responded to fire from Syria that does not appear to be aimed at Israeli targets, nonetheless Israel has promised a tough response if the fire continues. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) (1 Jan 2000)

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APPHOTO ASC102: Smoke rises after shells fired by the Syrian army explode in the Syrian village of Bariqa, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. The Israeli military says "Syrian mobile artillery" was hit after responding to stray mortar fire from its northern neighbor. The incident marked the second straight day that Israel has responded to fire from Syria that does not appear to be aimed at Israeli targets, nonetheless Israel has promised a tough response if the fire continues. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) (1 Jan 2000)

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APPHOTO CAI107: This image taken from video obtained from Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and an Associated Press journalist who saw a plane bomb an area around the Syrian-Turkish border town of Ras al-Ayn, shows Syrians inspecting the damage and looking for victims moments after an airstrike by Syrian warplanes in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video) (12 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO CAI106: This image taken from video obtained from Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and an Associated Press journalist who saw a plane bomb an area around the Syrian-Turkish border town of Ras al-Ayn, shows Syrians inspecting the damage and looking for victims moments after an airstrike by Syrian warplanes in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video) (12 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO CAI105: This image taken from video obtained from Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and an Associated Press journalist who saw a plane bomb an area around the Syrian-Turkish border town of Ras al-Ayn, shows a wounded Syrian youth being placed in a car moments after an airstrike by Syrian warplanes in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video) (12 Nov 2012)

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