Syria, Israel exchange

CNC reporting from Beirut
Added On May 22, 2013

Syria and Israel have exchanged fire across the ceasefire line in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Tensions between the two country have soared this year after relative calm for years.

On Tuesday, Syria said it destroyed an Israeli vehicle that crossed the ceasefire line. Damascus warned any attempt to violate its sovereignty would meet "immediate and firm retaliation".

But Israel has denied the Syrian claim that one of its vehicles had been destroyed. The Jewish state, however, has confirmed that its troops returned fire after Syrian shots.

The head of Israel's armed forces has also warned Damascus of "consequences" if fire continues from Syrian territory against Israeli troops.
There've been signs that the Jewish state might step up its involvement in the conflict-ridden Syria, although it insists it's not taking sides.

Two weeks ago, reports say Israel launched several airstrikes near Damascus against missiles believed to be heading for Lebanon's militant group Hezbollah.

Syria has threatened to retaliate.