Fire from Syria strikes IDF vehicle in the Golan Heights

No injuries reported, but truck sustains minor damage; army files protest with the UN

An IDF tank in a firing position on the Golan Heights last year (AP/Ariel Schalit)
An IDF tank in a firing position on the Golan Heights last year (AP/Ariel Schalit)

An IDF military vehicle in the Golan Heights was struck by fire from Syria Tuesday. There were no injuries, but the truck sustained minor damage. The army filed a complaint with the United Nations.

The incident comes on the heels of several instances in which mortar shells landed near IDF bases or Israeli towns on the Golan.

On Sunday, an IDF vehicle that was performing a routine patrol near the Syrian border was hit by gunfire, prompting Israeli troops to return fire. In a similar incident on Monday, the IDF did not fire back.

Last week, IDF return fire after another incident reportedly killed three Syrians.

Also last week, Syrian rebels seized territory located north of the Golan Heights.

Israeli military officials still largely believe that the intermittent fire into Israel from Syria is a spillover from intense fighting near the frontier between Assad’s army and rebel forces, and not a deliberate attempt to hit targets in Israel and draw it into the conflict. Notably, Syrian state media has not reported on the cross-border incidents.

The Golan Heights were captured by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. In 1981, Israel annexed the territory.

Stuart Winer and Ilan Ben Zion contributed to this report.

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