Syrian official warns troops can enter Golan Heights whenever they way


Associated Press

Posted on May 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Updated Sunday, May 12 at 10:35 AM

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian official is warning that his country's troops have the right to enter the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights whenever they wish.

It's seen as a veiled threat to Israel to stay out of Syria's conflict.

The comments came in response to the recent Israeli airstrikes on Syria. Israeli officials say those airstrikes targeted advanced Iranian missiles that were intended for Hezbollah.

Meanwhile, Syrian rebels have released four Filipino U.N. peacekeepers they had abducted last week -- an incident that prompted warnings from the Philippines that its troops could be pulled out of the region. The four Filipinos appear to be unharmed. They are part of a U.N. contingent that patrols a buffer zone between Syria and the Golan Heights.

Also today, Syria is rejecting allegations from Turkey that Syria was responsible for two car bombings yesterday in a Turkish town near the Syrian border. The bombings killed 46 people and wounded dozens of others.

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120-a-11-(Major Ramon Zagala (rah-MOHN' zah-GAH'-lah), spokesman, Philippines Armed Forces, at news conference)-"are now safe"-Philippines military spokesman Major Ramon Zagala welcomes word that four Filipino U.N. peacekeepers who'd been abducted by Syrian rebels are now free. (12 May 2013)

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090-v-30-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)--Syria has denied responsibility for two car bombs that killed dozens in Turkey. More from AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo. (12 May 2013)

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