Israeli Youth Wounded in Golan Heights by Stray Bullet Fired From Syria

Israeli forces first believed she was injured by shrapnel from a gas tank explosion, but a bullet was later found in her back

Israeli forces near Alonei Habashan in the Golan Heights, 2014.
Gil Eliahu

A young Israeli woman in the Golan Heights was apparently wounded by a stray bullet fired from Syria on Thursday.

Israel Police and IDF forces immediately arrived at the Alonei Habashan religious cooperative moshav, only half a mile from the Syrian border, after residents reported the incident, though they originally thought she was injured by shrapnel after a gas cylinder exploded. However, a bullet was later discovered in her back at a nearby hospital. She has since been treated and released.

After further investigation, Israeli forces determined that she was not intentionally targeted, and the shot was unintended spillover from fighting on the other side of the border. Israeli forces have since scoured the area where the shooting is believed to have occured.

Dr. Nissim Vatury, a resident of the moshav, told Haaretz that three separate incidents occurred at the same time on the moshav on Thursday, making a great deal of noise. 

In addition to the what was first thought to be the exploding gas cylinder and the injury to the girl, a bullet from Syria hit one of the buildings on the moshav, and an explosion occurred along the border, according to Vatury. He added that no one told residents about the incidents, and that the shooting at Alonei Habashan was apparently related to the explosion.

Local residents are strong and trust the Israel Defense Forces, he continued, but the fact that a bullet could injure a child in the community makes on stop and think.