Israeli soldiers stand next to smoke from a fire caused by a rocket attack in northern Israel, near the Lebanese border, August 20, 2015. REUTERS/JINIPIX ISRAEL OUT
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Israel said its forces killed at least five Palestinian militants in an airstrike on the Syrian Golan Heights Friday after cross-border rocket fire from there prompted the heaviest Israeli bombardment since Syria's civil war began in 2011 .There were heavy overnight strikes by Israel against Syrian army posts in the border zone in retaliation for what Israel said were rockets launched from Syria by Islamic Jihad.Israel's overnight retaliation killed one Syrian soldier and wounded seven, the Syrian army source said, although it appeared to be the fiercest Israeli bombardment for years, with dozens of raids against Syrian targets.Separately, the Israeli army said its air and artillery strikes hit 14 Syrian military sites on the Syrian Golan.The Syrian army, on an official war footing with Israel for decades, has deployed a substantial part of its land forces and artillery in southern Syria and in the Golan Heights and built elaborate defenses against Israel.
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