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UN: Syrian clashes on Golan risk entangling Israel

Mideast envoy says ongoing fighting may ‘jeopardize the ceasefire’ and draw Jewish state into conflict

Israelis and tourists look at a fire, caused by fighting in Syria, from an observation point on Mt. Bental in the Golan Heights, near the border between the Golan Heights and Syria, Friday, June 7, 2013. (photo credit: AP/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israelis and tourists look at a fire, caused by fighting in Syria, from an observation point on Mt. Bental in the Golan Heights, near the border between the Golan Heights and Syria, Friday, June 7, 2013. (photo credit: AP/Sebastian Scheiner)

UNITED NATIONS — The UN’s Mideast envoy says clashes between Syria’s army and rebels on the Golan Heights risk drawing Israel into Syria’s civil war.

Robert Serry told the Security Council on Tuesday the fighting could “jeopardize the cease-fire” between Israel and Syria that has been in place since 1974, monitored by UN peacekeepers.

Serry says that during “heavy clashes” Thursday between Syrian troops and the opposition, five artillery shells and one tank shell landed on the Israeli side of the truce line. Serry says the Israelis did not retaliate.

Israel captured most of the Golan Heights in the 1967 Six Day War and has occupied it since.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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