Violence is escalating in the Gaza border area with continued fire between Israel and the militant-led Palestinian territories, while a mortar stike hit Israel from Syria today, prompting return fire from a nation on high alert, reported BBC News.
As of noon today, over 50 mortars and rockets had hit Israel from Gaza within 24 hours, said The Telegraph, killing six Palestinians on Saturday.
The exchange of fire has been ongoing since Israel fired into Gaza after Palestinian militants fired a missile at an Israeli soldiers patrolling the Gaza, wounding four soliders, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.
"The world needs to understand that Israel will not sit idly by in the face of attempts to attack us," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today, referring to the conflict in Gaza. He also suggested the country may "intensify the response," reported the Financial Times.
The miliant group Hamas pointed the finger at Israel, accusing them of starting the conflict.
"The occupation's targeting of civilians was a grave escalation that must not pass in silence," spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said, the Jerusalem Post reported, adding that "resistance must be reinforced in order to block the aggression."
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The violence come just two months ahead of Israel's elections, and threatens to flare up into a major confrontation as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel would ramp up their response should the violence continue, the Associated Press reported.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak also said the country would not allow "the grave events on the border" to "go unnoticed," according to CNN.
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Meanwhile, Israel's military today said they had fired warning shots ito Syria over the mortar incident, marking the first such move from the nation since the region's 1973 war, said BBC.
The shell from Syria did not cause any casualties, but it is the latest instance of spill-over from the ongoing battle between the Syrian army and rebel groups, the Los Angeles Times reported.
As for the Golan Heights, though some analysts argue Israel is reluctant to get involved in Syria's conflict, others worry tensions on that border could reach a boiling point as well, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“If Israel got involved, it would be good for Bashar since he could say he’s protecting the Arab nation,’’ said Moshe Moaz, a Syria expert at Hebrew University. “But I think both sides are going to be very careful not to be dragged into something that will escalate. If Bashar really upsets Israel, Israel could do something very serious to teach him a lesson.”