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Article posted: 5/5/2013 9:13 PM

Israeli airstrikes on Syria prompt threats, anger

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Damaged buildings wrecked by an Israeli airstrike are seen in Damascus, Syria, Sunday. Israeli warplanes struck areas in and around the Syrian capital early Sunday, setting off a series of explosions as they targeted a shipment of Iranian-made guided missiles.


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Israel rushed to beef up its rocket defenses on its northern border Sunday to shield against possible retaliation after carrying out two airstrikes in Syria over 48 hours -- an unprecedented escalation of Israeli involvement in the Syrian civil war. Syria and its patron Iran hinted at possible retribution, though the rhetoric in official statements appeared relatively muted.
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