IDF soldier on Quneitra border Golan 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Syrian gunmen directed small arms fire across the Israeli border on Sunday
morning. An IDF unit that was present on the border, near the Kuneitra Border
Crossing, returned fire, using small arms fire and accurately striking the
target, an army spokeswoman said.
The IDF believes the cross-border fire
likely came from a Syrian army position. It remained unclear whether Syrian
soldiers sustained casualties during the incident.
Heavy battles between
forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and Syrian rebels have been
underway in the Kuneitra area.
On Sunday, a Syrian mortar shell crossed
into Israel and exploded near the Druse village of Majdal Shams.
were no injuries in the incident.
Since the internal Syrian fighting has
spread right up to Israel’s border, the IDF has been busy implementing a code of
conduct in the area, according to which those who fire on Israel – intentionally
or accidentally – can expect a response in the form of return fire.
October, two soldiers were lightly injured in the area by shrapnel from a Syrian
mortar. The Syrian artillery post that fired the projectile was destroyed by the
IDF soon after.
During the same month, the IDF tested a barrier on the
border with Syria and found it to be missile proof.
The Golan Brigade
carried out tests, under the command of Col. Arik Hen, to check the five-meter
high barrier’s ability to withstand a direct missile strike, as well as small
The barrier is designed to prevent terrorists infiltrating
After the missile test, soldiers simulated terrorists
ambushing a patrol and forcing the patrol members to cross the barrier to engage
“The pastoral scenery of the Golan Heights, awash with
basalt and flowing streams, can change in a momentary bang to a battlefield of
blood, fire, and plumes of smoke,” IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny
Gantz said during a speech in October.
Earlier this year, the army fired
a Tamuz guided surface- to-surface missile at a Syrian army post following two
incidents of gunfire directed at Israeli soldiers.
The missile struck its
target, reportedly wounding two Syrian soldiers at a machine-gun nest. There
were no injuries or damage reported on the Israeli side, the army said.