Israel Trumpets 'Direct Hits' on Syrian Targets
As Syrian warplanes attack rebel town within yards of Turkish border
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 12, 2012 9:45 AM CST
In this Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 photo, a women passes accumulated garbage in the Bustan al-Qasr area of Aleppo, Syria. Due the heavy fighting and shelling, the garbage collection system collapsed weeks...   (AP Photo/M?nica G. Prieto)

(Newser) – Following a warning missile yesterday, Israel has launched further attacks on Syria in response to Syrian mortar rounds that strayed across the border. Israel says its tanks managed "direct hits" on "Syrian mobile artillery" today, the AP reports. Meanwhile, dozens of Syrians have fled into Turkey after a warplane bombed a rebel stronghold near the border. The Syrian plane's attacks landed just yards away from the border fence, Reuters reports, as helicopters launched attacks nearby.

Some 120,000 registered Syrian refugees are now in Turkey, which is considering a Patriot missile defense to keep the conflict outside its borders—and is getting a helping hand from NATO. "NATO as an organization will do what it takes to protect and defend Turkey, our ally," says the organization's secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who applauded a new alliance forged between opposition groups. That coalition is now hurrying to achieve recognition from the Arab League, a "first step," according to coalition leader Mouaz al-Khatib, before gathering support from Arab and Western "Friends of Syria" as well as the UN.

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Nov 12, 2012 3:54 PM CST
This smells of trying to goad iran into a conflict.
Nov 12, 2012 12:26 PM CST
Take a look, if you can see beyond your nose, at the Middle East timeline and it's obvious who is the area "johnny-come-lately".....and it ain't Israel and the forebearers thereof. When was Islam first on the world map........6 to 7 CENTURIES AFTER the birth of Christ!!!! And the timeline of Jewish peoples???? I think Israel has a God given right to flex its military might as it is surrounded, not including the Med. Ocean, by countries/beliefs which espouse the extermination of Israel. Thank you.
Nov 12, 2012 12:22 PM CST
Israel resembles that insecure bully from grade school..always wanting attention and beating its chest at every little self-serving action