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IDF patrol comes under fire on Syria border

No injuries reported in Golan Heights incident; Israeli soldiers return fire

Smoke rises from a fire that resulted from fighting in the Syrian village of Quneitra, near the border with Israel, on June 6, 2013 (photo credit: AP/Sebastian Scheiner)
Smoke rises from a fire that resulted from fighting in the Syrian village of Quneitra, near the border with Israel, on June 6, 2013 (photo credit: AP/Sebastian Scheiner)

An Israeli army patrol took fire along the Syrian border Sunday night in the northern Golan Heights. No injuries were reported.

The IDF troops returned fire at the source of the engagement.

It was not immediately clear whether there was damage inflicted to the vehicle the soldiers were riding in.

Last week, UN Middle East envoy Robert Serry told the Security Council that fighting on the Israel-Syria border could “jeopardize the ceasefire” between Jerusalem and Damascus that has been in place since 1974, monitored by UN peacekeepers.

Serry said that during “heavy clashes” earlier in September between Syrian troops and the opposition, five artillery shells and one tank shell landed on the Israeli side of the truce line.

Serry said the Israelis did not retaliate. Previous cross-border fire has seen Israeli military responses against Syrian targets.

 

 

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