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IDF jeep hit in Golan a few days ago Photo: Avihu Shapira
IDF jeep hit in Golan a few days ago Photo: Avihu Shapira
 
 

IDF jeep hit by stray bullets from Syria; no injuries

Stray bullets fired in battles between Syrian army, rebels hit IDF vehicle in Golan; soldiers do not return fire

Yoav Zitun
Published: 11.20.12, 17:09 / Israel News

Shots fired from Syria on Tuesday hit an IDF jeep traveling near the Tel Hazeka outpost in the central Golan Heights region. The vehicle was damaged by what is thought to be stray gunfire from the continued fighting in Syria, but there were no reports of injury. The soldiers did not return fire.

 

Incidents in which stray bullets have been fired from Syria into Israeli territory have become more frequent over the past few weeks. Some two weeks ago the IDF returned fire after stray bullets were fired toward Israel.

 

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Shots were fired at IDF soldiers on the Syrian border no less than four times last week. The security establishment estimated that all the bullets fired at Israel were errant and were fired during the ongoing battles between Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebels trying to overthrow him.

 

On Monday Lebanese security forces discovered two Grad rockets that were aimed at Israel in the southern region of Mazraat Halta, the official Daily Star news agency reported.

 

A source told the agency that the rockets, which were found just four kilometers from the Israeli border, were defused by security forces. He said the rockets could reach seven kilometers into Israel if launched in full power.

 

Security sources hinted that those who placed the rockets may have been planning to launch them toward Israel as an act of solidarity with the residents of Gaza.

 

 

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