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Friday, November 9, 2012

IDF says 3 mortars fired from Syria land in Golan communities

Source: Israel Hayom


No injuries or damage • It's the third time in less than a week that Syria's civil war has spilled over into the Golan • Security officials think the fire from Syria has been inadvertent • Assad tells Russia Today he does not see the West embarking on a military intervention in Syria and warned that the cost of such action would be unbearable.

Israel Hayom Staff and AP

The Israel Defense Forces said Thursday three 82-millimeter mortar rounds fired from Syria landed inside the Golan Heights.

It's the third time in less than a week that Syria's civil war has spilled over into the Golan.

No injuries or damage were reported from the mortar fire on Thursday. One round fell near the Alonei Habashan community, about 700 meters from the border.

As in previous similar incidents, the IDF filed a complaint about the incident with U.N. forces that are stationed in the border area.

Security officials think the fire from Syria has been inadvertent. It is believed that the mortar rounds that landed in Israel on Thursday were fired by the Syrian military toward rebel forces but went astray.

On Monday, a bullet fired from Syria struck an Israeli military jeep on the Golan, a territory Israel took control of from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967 and has since annexed.  

On Saturday, three Syrian tanks entered a demilitarized zone on the Golan.

Other Syrian shells, apparently fired inaccurately, have exploded inside the Golan since fighting broke out in Syria in March 2011.

Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he does not see the West embarking on a military intervention in Syria and warned that the cost of such action would be unbearable, Russia Today reported on Thursday, citing an interview with him.

"I think that the cost of a foreign invasion of Syria — if it happens — would be bigger than the entire world can bear. ... This will have a domino effect that will affect the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific," he said.

"I do not believe the West is heading in this direction, but if they do, nobody can tell what will happen afterwards," he said. The remarks were published in Arabic on Russia Today's web site. Russia Today said the full interview would be broadcast on Friday. It was not clear when Assad gave the interview.

Assad, who is battling to put down a 19-month old uprising against his rule, also said he would "live and die in Syria", in what appeared to be a rejection of the idea that a safe exit and foreign exile could be one way to end the civil war.

"I am not a puppet and the West did not manufacture me in order that I leave to the West or any other country. I am Syrian, I am Syrian-made, and I must live and die in Syria," he said.

Russia Today's website showed footage of him speaking in the interview and walking down the stairs outside a white villa.