IDF troops shoot man trying to cross Syria border (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 08/05/12)
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IDF troops prevented a border infiltration from Syria on Saturday
when a Syrian man approached the border and tried to cut through the
security fence. Soldiers shot him.
The IDF said that the troops spotted the Syrian while on a routine
patrol on the southern Golan Heights in the afternoon. The man was
trying to break through the fence and the soldiers called out to him
a number of times to stop.
When he refused, they opened fire in the air, but when he continued
trying to cut through the fence, the soldiers opened fire, hitting
him in the leg with a single bullet. The man was then evacuated by
several Syrian civilians. The IDF said that he was not armed.
A senior officer in the Northern Command’s Golan Division said that
the IDF has recorded an increase in the number of Syrians approaching
the border in recent days, likely connected to the escalating
violence in Syria.
“Our assumption is that someone who approaches the border and tries
to cut it is not coming peacefully and is likely a terrorist,” the
officer said. “Any infiltration of the border is a violation of
Israel’s sovereignty and the IDF will respond accordingly.”
The army has been beefing up its defenses along the Syrian border,
due to concerns that terrorists are planning an attack in the Golan
The IDF is concerned about a number of types of potential attacks,
including a crossborder infiltration into an Israeli community on the
Golan, the abduction of a soldier or civilian, or rocket fire into
Israel from Syria.
While there has been an increase in the presence of global jihad
operatives in Syria, the IDF believes they are focused on toppling
Bashar Assad’s regime, but that once that happens, they will shift
their focus to attacking Israel, as their comrades in the Sinai
Peninsula have been doing.
The army is also preparing for the possibility that large numbers of
Syrians will rush the border to try to flee the regime’s bloody
The IDF has prepared a number of areas along the border where it
plans to contain the civilians in such a case, and protect them from
Syrian military forces if needed.
The government would decide whether to allow the refuge-seekers into
Israel. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 08/05/12)
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