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Israel and Syria Exchange Fire

There's long been concern that the conflict in Syria could spill over into neighboring countries.

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Turkey and Lebanon have seen some of that spill-over.

And now… so has Israel.

Monday, Syrian mortar shells landed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The Israeli army says it fired back and scored "direct hits" on the Syrian artillery units involved.

Syria and Israel have technically been at war for decades but that the border between the two countries has been quiet.

But, this is the first time since 1973 that the Syrians and Israelis have shot at each other across the ceasefire line.

Despite an Egyptian brokered ceasefire agreement, Israeli officials say the shells were mistakenly fired and drifted in Israeli territory. But, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking it seriously.

Netanyahu is under pressure to do what it takes to keep Israel safe and he is said to be contemplating a a stringer military operation.

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    An Israeli police explosive expert carries the remains of a rocket, fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza, after it landed in the southern town of Netivot November 12, 2012. Sporadic missile fire from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel on Monday for a fourth straight day, with Egypt trying to secure a truce and Israel warning it would toughen its response if the violence continued. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (ISRAEL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST)

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    Israeli tanks stand in position overlooking a Syrian village from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights November 12, 2012. Israel's army fired tank shells into Syria on Monday and scored "direct hits" in response to a Syrian mortar shell that struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Israeli military said in a statement. REUTERS/Avihu Shapira (CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ISRAEL OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN ISRAEL

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