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The Israeli military has said one of its patrols has been hit by gunfire from Syria on the Golan Heights.

The military said in a statement that the attack damaged a vehicle, but caused no injuries.

The statement said the Israeli patrol "returned precise fire at the source and reported a direct hit."

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said "a Syrian army target was destroyed" in the Golan Heights

The incident happened overnight May 20-21.

However, Syria's army claimed in a statement on May 21 that it had destroyed an Israeli military vehicle, which it said had crossed the cease-fire line in the Golan Heights.

The statement did not specify when the vehicle had been destroyed.

Israel's military immediately denied the claim.

Sporadic fire from Syria's civil war has occasionally hit the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, a strategic plateau Israel captured in 1967.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and dpa