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Syria Says It Fired on Israeli Aircraft That Violated Its Airspace

06 September 2007

The Syrian military says its air defenses opened fire on Israeli aircraft that violated Syrian airspace and bombed unidentified targets.

A Syrian military spokesman says the Israeli aircraft dropped ammunition early Thursday without causing casualties or damage before returning to Israel.

Israel has not commented on the reported incident.

The Syrian spokesman warned Israel against what he called "a flagrant aggressive act." Last year, Israeli warplanes flew over a residence of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after Palestinian militants abducted an Israeli soldier and took him to the Gaza Strip.

Peace talks between Syria and Israel have been frozen since 2000.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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