Prosor blames Syria at UN for destabilizing Golan

At UN council, Israeli ambassador holds Assad regime responsible after Syrian firing on Israeli military vehicle.

May 25, 2013 18:45
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Israel UN envoy Ron Prosor at the UN.

Israel UN envoy Ron Prosor at the UN 390. (photo credit: Screenshot Al Jazeera)

In the aftermath of a Syrian firing on a Israeli military vehicle in the Golan Heights earlier this week, Israel's ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor blamed the government of Syria of undermining regional stability in the Golan Heights in a letter to the UN Security Council on Saturday, AFP reported.

"This week's events are part of a disturbing pattern of events intended to spark provocation with Israel," AFP quoted Prosor as saying in a letter to the UN Security Council.

"Responsibility for the event rests entirely with the government of Syria which instructed its troops to fire on the jeep. Despite numerous complaints, they have persisted in these acts of aggression," Prosor added in the letter, which was released by Israel's US mission.

"We expect the international community to hold the government of Syria accountable for undermining international agreements and regional stability," AFP quoted Prosor as saying.

Gunfire from Syria crossed the border into Israel early Tuesday morning last week, causing light damage to an Israeli military vehicle, the IDF stated. No soldiers were injured in the incident which occurred in the central Golan Heights.

A defense source told The Jerusalem Post, "They fired on our patrol. Whether they knew it was us or not I don't know, but it's the third time in a row this has happened [this week], at the same place and time. The fire was directed at us." Related: Report: Syria has missile batteries aimed at TA Kfir battalion leaves W. Bank for Lebanon border The IDF responded with precise artillery fire, striking and destroying a Syrian army position. There were no immediate reports of injuries on the Syrian side.

The incident marked the third such instance of cross border fire from Syria into Israel this week. Two instances of gunfire into the Israeli Golan Heights occurred on Monday morning.

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.

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