High alert level maintained in North

Troops alerted to border fence after alarm triggered; IDF rules out possible infiltration from Syria.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 23, 2007 08:25
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The IDF has maintained a high alert level in the North following suspicions that Syria might attack Israel or other Jewish targets around the world via international terror proxies, Israel Radio reported. On Sunday morning, IDF troops were alerted to the northern border fence after the electronic alarm was activated, sparking fears of a possible infiltration from Syria. The army said the alarm went off after the fence was touched, and that tracks were spotted on the Syrian side of the border. Soldiers who arrived on the scene ruled out an infiltration, and the IDF said it was possible that a roving animal had triggered the alarm. Over the past few days, IAF jets were alerted twice following suspicious activity in the Golan Heights. On Saturday, IAF fighter jets were alerted to the northern border with Syria after a Syrian military jet that was being tracked by Israel disappeared from military radar systems. A short time later, the IAF discovered that the Syrian jet had crashed in Syrian territory. The IAF jets returned to their bases and the level of alert was lowered. On Thursday, fighter jets were dispatched to the Golan when "suspicious activity" was reported in the area, the military officials said. Later it was discovered that the objects in the air were migrating birds, the officials said. The level of alert along Israel's northern border was initially raised on Friday out of concern that Syria would attempt to retaliate for an alleged IAF attack within its borders on September 6. During the Yom Kippur fast, the army also declared a closure on the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. AP contributed to this report.

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