IDF troops survey golan heights 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
IDF soldiers exchanged fire with armed metal thieves on the Israel-Syria border
late on Tuesday night, IDF spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai said
Mordechai said the thieves entered Israeli territory from
Syria – though they did not pass the border fence– and approached an abandoned
The IDF identified the infiltrators, and soldiers on a
patrol were ordered to fire in the suspects’ direction to deter them and get
them to turn back.
The thieves returned fire, prompting soldiers to shoot
at them, Mordechai said.
“Then, the incident, which was managed by
commanders in forward positions, reached its end,” he added.
denied reports of a terrorist infiltration or of an attack on
“The bleeding Syrian civil war is trickling to the Golan
Heights border, and has been doing so for a while – until now, at a low
intensity,” he said.
The IDF is prepared for potential incidents, and
beefing up the frontier fence, as well as improving intelligence gathering, he
The army is also drilling its forces and working on operational
plans for “the moment when the situation on the ground changes,” Mordechai
“This is the daily challenge in safeguarding the country’s borders
and the security of its residents,” he added.
On Tuesday, several errant
mortars, fired in the course of battles between rebels and the army loyal to the
regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, exploded in Israeli territory near the
An IDF source said that despite widespread reports of
dozens of mortars falling in Israel on Tuesday, less than 10 had actually
crossed the border, with the remainder exploding on the Syrian side.
injuries or damages in Israel were reported.