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Israeli and Syrian troops exchange fire at border, several injured

By Mason White 1:00 PM March 24, 2013
The Israeli Syrian border 

By: David Ross
The civil war in Syria has again spilled over into Israel as an exchange of fire between Syrian and Israeli troops caused several injuries, according to military officials in Israel.

The Israeli army said its troops were attacked on Sunday in the Golan Heights from the Syrian side and that those soldiers returned fire.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon blamed the Syrian army for the incident.

“We believe very strongly that the fire opened last night and this morning came from the direction of Syria which hit the Israel Defense Forces force in Israeli territory,” Yaalon said. “We will not allow the Syrian army or any other faction to violate Israeli sovereignty in our territory,” Yaalon added.

The Syrian opposition network, the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, said that the rebels were facing off with the Syrian army near the border with the Golan Heights at the time.

Fighting in the area has intensified in recent days as rebels backed by Nusra Front fighters gain territory.
The radical Islamist al-Nusra has become one of the most effective groups of Syrian resistance, on the basis of foreign fighters with combat experience in Iraq and elsewhere.

In December, the U.S. State Department moved to blacklist of the rebel group as a foreign terrorist organization linked to Al Qaeda in Iraq.