IDF soldier on Golan lightly injured from stray bullet fired from Syria

Small arms fire originates from battles between Assad regime and rebels near the Israeli border; IDF says it is investigating the circumstances of the incident.

September 8, 2014 19:14
Quneitra crossing

Smoke rises following an explosion on the Syrian side near the Quneitra border crossing between the Golan Heights and Syria, August 29, 2014.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

An IDF soldier was lightly injured by a stray bullet fired from Syria on Monday.

The small arms fire originated from battles between the Assad regime and rebels near the Israeli border. The soldier was hit in the leg, and taken to hospital for treatment.

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The army said it is investigating the circumstances of the incident. 

The IDF continues to closely monitor developments across the border. Heavy fighting between Syrian Army forces and rebels has raged in the past weeks.

Last week, two mortar shells fired from Syria exploded in Israeli territory.

Both explosions are likely the result of stray fire. On Monday morning, a mortar shell fell in the region of Ein Zivan on the Golan Heights, and in the afternoon a second shell exploded in Israel close to the international border near Quneitra.

There were no damages or injuries in either incident.

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