IDF Jeeps in Golan Hit By Gunfire from Syria

No injuries in the incident. Initial reports haven’t determined whether the gunfire was intentional.

By Gil Ronen


Someone on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights border fired a burst of automatic fire at IDF soldiers Saturday. The bullets struck patrol vehicles near Tel Fares in the central part of the Golan Heights, but caused no casualties.

IDF patrol seen from rebel positionIt is still not clear if the gunfire was deliberately aimed at the soldiers, or whether it was meant to hit one of the sides in the Syrian civil war and unintentionally “spilled over” into Israel.

About one month ago, a mortar round fired from Syria struck near Alonei Habashan in the northern Golan. No one was hurt and there were no casualties.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Saturday evening that concern over the possibility that Syrian weapons would fall into the wrong hands was a prime motivation for him in deciding to apologize to Turkey for the Mavi Marmara incident.

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