Syrian gunfire damages Israeli army vehicle


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Syrian gunfire damaged an Israeli army vehicle in what the Israeli military believed was part of the unrest in Syria.

The jeep was struck Monday night near the border between Syria and Israel. The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that it did not believe the jeep was the target of the gunfire but likely was fired in a gun battle between Syrian forces and civilian rebels.

The IDF filed an official complaint with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, or UNIFIL, Ynet reported.

Over the weekend, three Syrian tanks rolled into the demilitarized zone on the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria and remained there for several hours. The  IDF filed a complaint with the U.N.’s Disengagement Force on the Golan Heights over the violation of the long-standing cease-fire agreement between Israel and Syria.

The Israeli military also related the incident to the unrest in Syria and not a move against Israel.

Meanwhile, on the Gaza border, Israeli troops on Monday shot and killed a Palestinian man who approached the border fence. The soldiers reportedly shot the man, 23, after firing warning shots and calling on him to leave the buffer zone between Israel and Gaza.

The man died of his injuries while waiting for paramedics to get permission to tend to him. The Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported that the man died of injuries that likely would not have been fatal had he received immediate treatment.

Ma’an reported that the man was unarmed and mentally unfit.

A similar incident occurred a month ago.

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