Israeli Military Reports 'Direct Hits' on Syrian Artillery Launcher

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
There are fresh fears today that Syria

In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 photo, Free Syrian Army fighters shout at a captured suspected pro-Bashar Assad fighter in the town of Harem, Syria. Rebels say the man was killed shortly after this picture. Despite two weeks of attacking a Roman-era citadel in which pro-Assad militia are dug in, the rebels failed to secure the town. (AP Photo/Mustafa Karali)

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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