Israel Tightens Border Defense as Syria Erupts

May 6, 2013 6:37 PM

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Israel Tightens Border Defense as Syria Erupts

The stepped-up military presence across the 43-mile border demonstrates the growing fear and anxiety among Israeli leaders over the Syrian civil war. Already there have been clashes at the border, with errant munitions landing in the Golan some 30 times, at least five prompting Israel to fire back.

An Obama administration official said Friday night that Israeli aircraft bombed a target in Syria overnight on Thursday, and United States officials said they were considering military options, including carrying out their own airstrikes.

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