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There is fresh tension on the ceasefire line in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Syria says its troops have destroyed an Israeli vehicle which crossed into its territory.
Tel Aviv has denied the report, saying a vehicle was hit by gunfire on its side of the ceasefire line. Israel also says that it returned fire after the incident.
“First of all our policy on Syria is clear. We are not intervening there, in the civil
war,” said Moshe Yaalon, Israeli Defence Minister.
“But, as for the situation in the Golan
Heights, we are not allowing and we will not permit, a spillover of fire into our territory.
“Overnight, a Syrian army target was
destroyed after gunfire spilled into our
territory in the Golan Heights.”
The incident is the latest on an increasingly fraught frontier. Syria and Israel have traded fire on a number of occasions in recent weeks.
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Bryce Reed, 31, was booked at the McLennan County jail early Friday and brought before a judge to make an initial appearance later in the day where he declined to enter a plea. The Los Angeles Times reported that Reed has since been placed in the custody of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.Sources told Houston’s News 92 that the paramedic approached an acquaintance sometime after the April 19 West Fertilizer Company explosion and asked if the friend would store a box for him. Later, the acquaintance opened the box and found what is believed to be a pipe bomb.Authorities have failed to say if they think Reed had any involvement in triggering the explosion last month that leveled much of West, Texas, but he has been tied to the tragedy in at least one regard: Reed was one of the first emergency workers to respond to last month’s blast and he was assigned to be the incident commander at the scene.Separately on Friday, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw and McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara released a statement to the media confirming that the fertilizer plant explosion is now being treated as a criminal investigation.“The citizens of McLennan County and Texas must have confidence that this incident has been looked at from every angle and professionally handled – they deserve nothing less,” McNamara said. “This disaster has severely impacted the community of West, and we want to ensure that no stone goes unturned and that all the facts related to this incident are uncovered,” added McCraw.The Dallas Morning News spoke with Reed’s stepfather, Gary Nelson, on Friday, and he said there is “not a chance” his relative had a role in the blast.“The State Fire Marshal’s office has not determined – or ruled out – whether the fire was a criminal act or accidental,” acknowledged the paper. … Read More
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