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Israel air force strikes Syrian army targets day after Israeli patrol was hit by roadside bomb

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A wounded Israeli soldier is brought to a hospital in Haifa, Israel, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. A roadside bomb hit an Israeli patrol near the frontier with the Golan Heights on Tuesday, the army said, wounding four soldiers in the most serious violence to strike the area since the Syrian conflict began three years ago. Israel said it responded with artillery strikes on Syrian army targets. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed the strategic area in a move that was not internationally recognized. (AP Photo/Hertzel Shapira) ****ISRAEL OUT*** (The Associated Press)

The Israeli military says its warplanes have carried out airstrikes against Syrian army targets in response to a roadside bomb that hit an Israeli patrol and wounded four soldiers the day before.

The strikes are Israel's fiercest against Syria since the neighboring country's civil war began three years ago.

The military says the air force targeted a Syrian army training facility, an army headquarters and artillery batteries early on Wednesday. Israel also carried out artillery strikes against Syrian military targets the day before.

There was no comment from Damascus and the impact of the airstrikes was not immediately known.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon says Israel holds President Bashar Assad's government responsible for Tuesday's roadside bombing.

Yaalon says if Assad pursues a path harmful to Israel, he would "regret his actions."