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    The Israeli military said it fired artillery into Syria on Friday after its troops were shot at on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, in the latest of a series of shooting incidents on the once-quiet front.

    "No soldiers were injured and no damage was caused. IDF (Israel Defence Forces) soldiers responded with artillery fire towards the source of the shooting. A direct hit was identified," the military said in a statement.

    Battles between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebels trying to topple him have spilled over into the Golan Heights in recent weeks with occasional gunfire and mortars landing in Israeli-held territory.

    A military spokeswoman said she did not know whether it was Syrian army or rebels who fired at the Israeli troops and whether the fire was stray or deliberate.

    Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed the strategic plateau in 1981 in a move not recognised internationally. U.N. peacekeepers monitor the ceasefire line.

    The military said it had notified the United Nations of the incident.

    Austria's Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said on Friday Vienna would have to assess daily whether it was safe enough for Austrian peacekeepers, who account for around 380 of the 1,000-strong U.N. mission, to stay in the Golan.

    In the past three months, Japan and Croatia said they were withdrawing their troops from the peacekeeping mission and if Austria quits the operation it is unclear whether any other nation will replace them.

    Israel is anxious for the peacekeepers to remain, worried the Golan will become a springboard for attacks on Israelis by jihadist groups fighting Assad.
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    Australia is concerned by the threat that the conflict in Syria is threatening to spill across into other territories. We trust the United Nations to make the necessary decisions in order to ensure the safety of peacekeepers in the disputed, Israeli-occupied Golan region.
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    Malaysia fears the terror perpetuated towards it people is following Syrians who have fled from their oppressed nation. This is yet another example of the continuous terror being experienced by the Syrian community, and is yet spreading across other countries.
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    The Swiss Confederation is worried about the state of conflict in the Middle East perpetuated towards Syria and spreading to other countries, again we seek cooperation between the two nations.

    The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan believes that involvement has not helped the situation, of course like the Swiss Confederation we call for greater diplomacy instead of missiles.

    The Republic of India believes that Israel must seek diplomacy between all nations involved in this conflict in order for it not spread any further than it already has.
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    The Republic of South Africa condemns the actions of Israel. With respect, we feel as though Israel has enough problems of its own to deal with, and it is not good for the international community at large for them to be seeking to react to new ones. Diplomacy is the way forward, and Israel must be reminded that reacting with artillery is a slippery slope that could end up with them being involved in another war.
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    The Netherlands too worries that the conflict in Syria has reached the point at which it is able to spill over into neighbouring countries. We would like to see a diplomatic solution to these issues, with cooperation between all nations involved.
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    Fiji also agrees a diplomatic solution needs to be found, we are worried about the current conflict
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    The UK/NZ are concerned about this escalatrion of violence in the region and urge calm.
 
 
 
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