Moshe Yaalon
Moshe Yaalon Israel news photo: Flash 90

Israel warned Sunday that the days of restraint in the face of cross-border fire from Syria are finished.

Israel will respond to any shooting or other attacks that cross the northern border with Syria, Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya'alon warned.

“Any violation of Israeli sovereignty and fire from the Syrian side will be answered immediately with the destruction of the source of fire when we identify it,” Ya'alon declared.

“We view with great seriousness the shooting last night and this morning from Syria at an IDF force on territory of the State of Israel,” he told reporters in a statement.

“We see the Syrian regime as responsible for any infringement on [Israeli] sovereignty,” he added. We shall not allow the Syrian army or any other body to violate Israeli sovereignty firing into our territory.

Syrian gunmen opened fire on an IDF position in the Golan Heights Sunday morning in the second attack of its kind in about 12 hours.

IDF soldiers responded with intensive fire aimed at the source, scoring a direct hit. No Israeli soldiers were wounded in the exchange.

Late Saturday, several IDF military vehicles were hit by Syrian gunfire while traveling in the same area. None of the soldiers were wounded, but the vehicles were damaged.

It remains unclear as to exactly who is behind the firing aimed at Israel from the Syrian side of the border, as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad battle two separate opposition groups to retain control of the country.

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