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Israel and Syria exchange fire following factory airstrike

Tensions between Israel and Syria have risen since 2011 [AFP]

Date of publication: 2 November, 2017

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An Israeli attack on a factory in a Syrian industrial town south of Homs prompts an exchange of fire between the two neighbouring countries.

A factory south of the Syrian city of Homs was hit by an Israeli airstrike on Wednesday, leading to an exchange of fire between Israeli and Syrian forces, a commander fighting for a Syrian pro-government group said.

Syria's army reportedly responded to the attack by firing a surface-to-air missile at the Israeli military aircraft.

According to the commander who spoke to Reuters, the site struck by the Israeli attack was a copper factory in the town of Hisya. It is unknown whether any casulaties were caused by the strike.

Israel's military has given no comment on the incident, however local television broadcaster Channel 10 reported that the Israeli jets returned to their base without damage.

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