Fire Opened on IDF Soldiers in Golan Heights

YERUSHALAYIM (AP/Hamodia) -

Two Syrian suspects briefly infiltrated an unmanned Israeli military post on the border between Syria and the Golan Heights, the military said Wednesday.

When Israeli troops approached the post, they were fired upon from inside Syria, prompting the soldiers to return fire, the army said. The suspects later left the post, it added. The incident took place late Tuesday.

The troops were searching the area when they were fired upon. None of the soldiers were hurt and no damage caused. The soldiers returned fire.

Since Tuesday morning, at least six mortar shells fired from Syria have hit the Israeli part of the Golan Heights.

The IDF said the mortars were fired as part of the fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels and was not deliberately fired toward Israel.

Meanwhile, Israel’s U.N. ambassador, Ron Prosor, told the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday that it was time to condemn the constant spillover of the conflict in Syria into Israel.

“Israel is an island of stability in a region steeped in violence, blood and destruction, and we expect that the Security Council will do everything in its power in order to maintain stability,” Prosor wrote in his letter.

“Unequivocally condemn the firing,” he urged the Council. “The Syrian government systematically violates the separation of forces agreement, which could bring the region to instability.”

Prosor noted that Israel had so far shown “maximum restraint” over the incidents, but it would “continue to exercise its right to self-defense.”