IDF Soldiers Come Under Fire Along Syrian Border in Golan Heights

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IDF soldiers checking their tank during an exercise in the Golan on July 18, 2013.Credit: AFP

An Israeli army unit came under fire Tuesday on the Golan Heights, near the Syrian border. One officer sustained light shrapnel wounds and did not require hospitalization.

On Tuesday morning, IDF fired warning shots near Shaaba Farms area on Har Dov after it claimed several people crossed the border. After the warning shots, the people turned back.

Lebanon's al-Manar television station reported Israeli army forces crossed the border fence along the Lebanon border and searched the area some 50 meters inside the territory. The report added it a group of Lebanese intelligence officers who the IDF fired warning shots at, who were accompanied by a filming crew documenting "Israeli violations in the Shaaba Farms area."

Last January, two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded after an anti-tank missile struck an Israel Defense Forces vehicle in the Har Dov area near the Lebanon border.

IDF forces responded with artillery fire, shelling several targets in southern Lebanon. A Spanish UNIFIL soldier was killed in the strikes.

In a message relayed to Israel from Hezbollah through UNIFIL after the attack, it was passed along that Hezbollah considers the attack an adequate retaliation to the airstrike in Syria last week, attributed to Israel, that killed seven Hezbollah operatives