IN A sign of increasing tensions between Israel and Syria the two traded fire for a second day and, Israel confirmed it no longer regarded Syria's cross-border incursions as a ''spillover'' from its 20-month uprising.
''Until 24 hours ago our assessment was that the ordnance that had landed in Israel was spillover from the internal Syrian conflict - unfortunately that is no longer our assessment,'' an Israeli official said on condition of anonymity.
''We are concerned that it is not stray fire,'' the official said, but would not be drawn further on whether Israel had any plans to escalate its response on its northern border.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was closely monitoring the situation and would ''respond appropriately''.
Israel filed a complaint with UN forces operating in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, saying artillery fire emanating from Syria would not be tolerated and would provoke a severe response.