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Israili air raid kills 10 Syrian troops

BEIRUT (AP) -- Israeli air raids overnight targeting Syrian military facilities killed at least 10 government troops, an activist group said Monday.

The Syrian government has not commented on the airstrikes, which the Israeli military said hit nine targets early Monday inside Syria. The raids were in response to a cross-border attack the previous day that killed an Israeli civilian.

The director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdurrahman, said the nine Israeli strikes hit seven different Syrian military targets, destroying two tanks, two artillery batteries and the headquarters of Syria's 90th brigade.

The Observatory collects its information through a network of activists inside Syria

Israel has kept a close eye on the Syrian uprising since it began in March 2011, although it has avoided backing either side in the conflict. On several occasions, artillery rounds have landed on the Israeli side of the de facto border, drawing limited Israeli reprisals.

Israel also has carried out several airstrikes in Syria over the past three years, primarily targeting suspected weapons shipments allegedly destined for Hezbollah militants in neighboring Lebanon.

The latest air raids, however, came after an Israeli civilian vehicle was struck by fire from the Syrian side of the border as it drove in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. A teenage Israeli boy was killed and two other people were wounded in what was the first deadly incident along the volatile Israeli-Syrian frontier since the stat of the Syrian civil war.

The Israeli vehicle was delivering water as it was doing contract work for Israel's Defense Ministry when it was struck.

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