Israeli man described as 'mentally ill' crosses into Syria
Man's family says he disappeared after declaring intention to cross border out of concern for sectarian crisis there.
An Israeli citizen described by his wife mentally ill crossed Israel's northern border into Syria over the weekend.
The man, in his 30s, left his wife and two daughters over the weekend, saying he intended to cross the border into Syria. His family members said that he spoke much of the need to make peace between President Bashar Assad's regime and the rebels in Syria.
His wife told the internet news website Al-Arab, based in Nazareth, that her husband was injured in a work-related accident in 2009 and is since suffering mental and physical illnesses.
"I very much fear for his life, I don’t know what happened to him," she said. The wife also rejected claims that her husband infiltrated Syria in order to join the rebel forces.
The Israel Defense Forces on Saturday confirmed the border was breached into Syria and said a report was filed with the UN forces stationed along the border on the Golan Heights.
The IDF also confirmed that the man was mentally ill.