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Damascus Accuses Israel of Collaborating with Syrian Rebels

Syria accuses 'Zionist enemy' of 'violating' a 1974 ceasefire after Israel foiled a terror attack in the Golan Heights.
By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
First Publish: 3/5/2014, 9:10 PM

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The Syrian army has accused Israel of "violating" a ceasefire agreement Wednesday, after the IDF foiled a terror attack in the embattled country in the Golan Heights Tuesday night, according to AFP

Israel stopped two terrorists from placing explosives on the Syrian border fence Tuesday night by firing light weapons and artillery shells.

Syria, however, saw the defense as an attack. 

"The Zionist enemy this morning violated the disengagement accord by firing four rockets from the occupied Golan towards a school and a mosque in Al-Hamidiyeh," a Syrian army statement said. 

"It then fired four tank shells... and opened fire with their machine-guns against (Syrian positions), wounding seven members of the internal security forces and four civilians," the statement added.

Syria said the rocket attack showed links between Israel and rebels fighting to bring down President Bashar al-Assad, a long-standing claim by the regime.

Syria's foreign ministry protested to the UN Security Council and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over what it termed a "flagrant violation" of both a 1974 ceasefire with Israel and of the UN Charter. It asked the Security Council to issue a condemnation.

The incident came just over a week after reports that IAF warplanes bombarded a Hezbollah position on the Lebanese-Syrian border.

Israel neither confirmed nor denied carrying out the two February 24 strikes, with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu saying the Jewish state would do "everything necessary" for its own security.

Hezbollah threatened to retaliate for what was the first reported Israeli air raid on a position of the Shiite movement inside Lebanon since a 2006 war between them.

Israel is bent on halting any transfer of weapons to Hezbollah, which has sent thousands of fighters across the border to aid Assad's regime as it battles Sunni-led rebels.

Syria has long provided arms and other aid to Hezbollah, and served as a conduit for Iranian military aid to the movement.