Ne­tanyahu Warns Is­rael Will Hit Back Any At­tacks

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Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu on Mon­day warned that his coun­try will at­tack “any­one who tries to at­tack us,” a day af­ter Is­rael said it killed “ter­ror­ists” near the Syr­ian bor­der. Speak­ing at the Knes­set (Par­lia­ment), Mr Ne­tanyahu said that on Sun­day night, Is­raeli troops “thwarted an at­tempt to plant ex­plo­sives on the Syr­ian front”.

Hours later, Is­raeli fighter jets and air­craft tar­geted Ha­mas sites in the Gaza Strip af­ter a rocket was fired to­wards south­ern Is­rael from the be­sieged Palestinia­n en­clave. The rocket was in­ter­cepted by Is­rael’s anti-rocket Iron Dome sys­tem.

“We will hit any­one who tries to at­tack us and this principle ap­plies to any­one who does,” he said.

The in­ci­dent near Is­rael’s dis­puted bor­der with Syria took place overnight be­tween Sun­day and Mon­day in the Golan Heights. A mil­i­tary spokesper­son said Is­raeli troops opened fire at four armed men who were im­plant­ing ex­plo­sives near the bor­der. Me­dia re­ports said later that the four were killed. The army said that in a pa­trol near the site on Mon­day, weapons and a bag with a few im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices (IEDs) ready to de­ploy were found some 25 me­ters from the se­cu­rity fence on the Is­raeli side of the Al­pha Line, the 1967 cease-fire line be­tween the two coun­tries.

“IDF (Is­rael De­fence Forces) troops on the Golan Heights re­main ready for fur­ther de­vel­op­ments,” the mil­i­tary said in a state­ment, adding it holds Syria “re­spon­si­ble for any ag­gres­sion from its ter­ri­tory”.

Ten­sions along Is­rael’s bor­ders with Le­banon and Syria have been on the rise since a fighter with Hezbol­lah was killed in an ap­par­ent Is­raeli airstrike in Syria in July.

Last Mon­day, Is­rael said it thwarted an in­fil­tra­tion at­tempt by Hezbol­lah. Hezbol­lah de­nied such an at­tempt.

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