Rockets fired from Syria falls in Israeli occupied Golan Heights, EU concerned about Israeli aggression


Syria fires Rockets into Golan HeightsJNN 08 May 2013 Damascus : Two rockets fired from Syria have exploded inside the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, but there have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The rockets went off in a field near the ceasefire line in the southern Golan Heights, AFP quoted an Israeli army spokeswoman as saying on Monday.

The rocket fire was “apparently connected to the situation inside Syria,” she added, suggesting that foreign-backed militants might have fired the rockets.

“The Israeli army combed the sector the rockets fell in and informed the UN forces deployed in the Golan,” the Israeli army spokeswoman said.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967, when it also took control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

It annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, although the move was never recognized by the international community and was a violation of international law.

The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

In an interview recently broadcast on Turkish television, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that if the militants take power in Syria, they could destabilize the entire Middle East region for decades.

“If the unrest in Syria leads to the partitioning of the country, or if the terrorist forces take control, the situation will inevitably spill over into neighboring countries and create a domino effect throughout the Middle East and beyond,” he added.

The European Union has expressed “great concern” following the Israeli regime’s recent airstrikes against targets in Syria.

Micheal Mann, spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said on Monday that the EU was “looking with great concern at the recent developments in and around Syria.”

On Sunday, Syria said Israel attacked the Jamraya Research Center, located northwest of Damascus. The center had been targeted by another Israeli airstrike back in January.

The aggression came shortly after Tel Aviv confirmed on Friday that its warplanes had hit a target in Syria.

Mann said that the recent attacks “risk dragging the region into expanding conflict.”

“We call on all parties to avoid jeopardizing what is already a fragile security situation,” Mann also said calling on all sides to engage in search for a diplomatic solution.

“We want to avoid spillover effects,” he added.

Syria condemned the aggression on Sunday, describing Israel’s attacks as aiming to give “direct military support” to the foreign-backed militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has sent a letter to the UN Security Council that the attacks killed and wounded several people and “caused widespread destruction.”

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