Israeli Defense Force Destroys Syrian Outpost

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Following a second shooting attack on Israeli border patrols Saturday evening, the IDF fired a Tamuz guided missile early Sunday morning, destroying the outpost and wounding two Syrian soldiers, Israel Hayom reported.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon warned that "any fire from the Syrian side will be answered immediately by silencing the sources of fire when we identify them."

"Following the attack, the IDF returned fire in accordance with government policy," Ya'alon said in a statement. "Israel will respond immediately to any violation of Israeli sovereignty or fire from the Syrian side, identifying the source of the fire and neutralizing it," he continued.

"We will not allow the Syrian army, or any other element, to violate Israeli sovereignty by firing on our territory," he concluded.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said Israel responded with a precision attack to destroy the source of the machine gun fire, believed to have come from the Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces, not from rebel forces.

"We were forced to act in a targeted way and to attack and destroy the post from which this took place," Gantz said in a statement released on Sunday.

"We will continue to operate in the Golan Heights with reason and caution, but where determination and assertive and offensive action is needed, that will also take place," he said.

Israel has been reinforcing its security fence along the northern border as the Syrian civil war enters its third year.

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