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Israel hits Syrian Golan Heights following rocket attack

Israeli soldiers patrol next to a smoke from a fire caused by a rocket attack in northern Israel, launched from Syrian territory. Credit: Reuters

Syrian state TV has confirmed Israeli air strikes on the Golan Heights but said only slight damage was done.

According to Reuters, the state TV report quoted a military source as saying that "several missiles" had targeted a transportation centre and a public building in the Quneitra area of the Syrian Golan Heights.

A monitoring group had earlier reported casualties. Israel's army said the strikes were a response to cross-border rocket fire from Syria earlier this week.

US 'concerns' over Israel's West Bank building plans

Israeli paramilitary police and Jewish settlers stand near two partially-built dwellings during their demolition in the West Bank. Credit: Reuters

The United States is "deeply concerned" about Israel's plans to build 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement on the occupied West Bank and hundreds of homes in east Jerusalem.

State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement:

The United States continues to view settlements as illegitimate and we strongly oppose steps to advance construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Settlement expansion threatens the two-state solution and calls into question Israel's commitment to a negotiated resolution to the conflict.

– Mark Toner, US State Department


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