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IDF troops detain, question 5 suspects who crossed from Syria, before returning them

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

The Israel Defense Forces says that yesterday, troops detained five suspects who crossed into Israeli territory from Syria.

The military says soldiers monitoring surveillance cameras first spotted three suspects close to the border fence, which is built in Israeli territory in the Golan Heights.

Troops dispatched to the scene arrested the trio, before another pair crossed the so-called Alpha Line, a UN buffer zone separating Israel from Syria.

The other two suspects were also detained. The five suspects were taken to be questioned, before being returned to Syria earlier today, the IDF adds.

“The IDF will continue to prevent any attempt to cross the border or to violate Israeli sovereignty,” the military says in a statement.

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