IDF soldiers fire warning shots at suspects approaching Israel-Syria border
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IDF soldiers fire warning shots at suspects approaching Israel-Syria border

No reports on injuries; unknown persons left area, military says

Illustrative:Two IDF soldiers stand amid a large fire raging near Kfar Sold, caused by missiles fired from the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border and hitting open areas in the Golan Heights in northern Israel on August 20, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)
Illustrative:Two IDF soldiers stand amid a large fire raging near Kfar Sold, caused by missiles fired from the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border and hitting open areas in the Golan Heights in northern Israel on August 20, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Israeli soldiers fired warning shots at an undisclosed number of suspects approaching the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights on Saturday.

There were no reports of injuries.

The suspects left the area after the shots were fired, the military said, adding mildly that such incidents happen on occasion.

Incidents on the border throughout the Syrian civil war have sometimes led to retaliatory attacks by Israel.

Earlier this month, a mortar round hit a minefield on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights causing no damage or injuries. Israel responded with a retaliatory strike, targeting a Syrian army launcher on the Syrian side of the Golan.

The Syrian Golan has been the site of intense fighting in recent years between Assad regime forces and the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate.

More recently, the area has seen burgeoning activity by Hezbollah and Iran’s al-Quds Force aimed at opening a new potential front against Israel in any future conflict.

Since March 2011 when the war broke out, a number of mortars have landed in Israeli territory as a result of spillover fighting. The IDF often responds to fire that crosses into Israel by striking Syrian army posts.

Israel maintains a policy of holding Damascus responsible for all fire from Syria into Israel regardless of the source of the fire.

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