Golan border Syria truck 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
A mortar shell fired from Syrian territory exploded near an IDF post on the
Golan Heights on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers.
One soldier sustained
light injuries from shrapnel and the second suffered severe shock. Both men were
evacuated to the hospital.
The IDF identified a Syrian army mortar
responsible for the attack and destroyed it in cross-border
According to assessments in the Northern Command, the Syrian shell
was a stray, fired in the midst of intense battles raging in the area between
forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebels.
Last week, Defense
Minister Moshe Ya’alon stressed that Israel would retaliate against every
instance of fire from Syria in which the attacker was identified.
destroy every source of fire that we identify shooting at our territory,
deliberately or not,” he said.
Commenting on the situation in Syria,
Ya’alon added last week that Assad agreed to cooperate on chemical disarmament
in order to survive.
“Does he plan to disband all of his chemical arms?
Time will tell. We are of course following this and we hope that through
diplomacy, Syria will give up its chemical weapons,” Ya’alon said. “On the other
hand, we’ll prepare [for all eventualities] and we’re viewing this with
Around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, terrorists in Gaza fired a rocket
at southern Israel. The projectile fell on the Israeli side of the border, very
near the security fence, in the general vicinity of Kissufim. An IDF spokeswoman
said there were no injuries or damages.