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Israeli Air Strike Hits Syria After Bombing

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This Dec. 29, 2016, photo shows an Israeli Air Force F-15 plane in flight during a graduation ceremony for new pilots at the Hatzerim air force base near the city of Beersheba, Israel.

The Israeli Air Force launched a strike in Syria after several projectiles were fired out of the war-torn country into the Golan Heights region Saturday, Israeli officials said.

The air raid targeted two “Syrian regime” tanks in the northern part of Golan Heights, an Israeli army spokesman said.

The spokesman also said Israel protested to the U.N. agency that oversees a 1974 cease-fire between the two countries because the projectiles were an “unacceptable violation of Israeli sovereignty.”

The military said no one was injured in the incident, but asked civilians to avoid the area surrounding the border with Syria.

Israel hasn't played an active role in the war in Syria, but has responded in the past when the fighting spilled over across the Syrian border.

In April, Israel shot down what it called “a target” over the Golan Heights. Israel annexed the Golan area following the Six-Day War in 1967, but the move was never recognized by the international community.

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