18 Nov 2012

Israel fires at Syria after shooting aimed at its troops

4:12 pm on 18 November 2012

Israel says its soldiers have fired artillery into Syria in response to gunfire aimed at its troops in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

There were no reported injuries on the Israeli side from the shootings.

Reuters reports it is the third case this month of violence seen as a spillover of civil unrest in Syria that has also alarmed other neighbours such as Lebanon and Turkey.

The Israeli military has lodged a complaint with the United Nations on the incident.

The U.N. has a peace-keeper force in the area monitoring a ceasefire in place since the 1970s.

Israel captured the Golan area in a 1967 war and later annexed it in a move never recognised internationally.