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IDF fires on land mine thieves on Syrian border

Syrian man suffers gunshot wound to the leg after approaching border zone

Israeli infantry soldiers on the Golan Heights, near the Syrian border (Photo credit: Flash 90)
Israeli infantry soldiers on the Golan Heights, near the Syrian border (Photo credit: Flash 90)

The IDF on Saturday opened fire at two Syrian men who approached the border fence in the Golan Heights and attempted to steal land mines.

According to the IDF’s Spokesperson unit, one of the two was shot in the leg. The two fled back to Syria.

A report published in August 2011 said the Israeli army was planting new land mines along the Syrian border in an attempt to dissuade protesters from storming the Golan Heights, after older mines failed to detonate.

The IDF is reportedly concerned that stolen mines could be used in a future attack against Israeli forces along the Syrian border, Israel Radio reported.

Israel is one of 36 states, including with Syria, Lebanon, the US and China, that has not signed the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty which outlaws the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines.

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