Israeli Army Shoots Two Near Syria Border

Suspects armed and trying to damage 'border infrastructure,' the Israel Defense Forces said; some Israeli media outlets report they were killed; army confirms hit but doesn't comment on their condition.

Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks in the Golan Heights near Israel's border with Syria
Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks in the Golan Heights near Israel's border with Syria March 19, 2014. Reuters

An Israeli military force in the Golan Heights shot and hit two people who the army said were trying to damage border infrastructure on Friday. It is likely that they were killed, the IDF said.

The two were armed and were trying to sabotage "border infrastructure," the Israel Defense Forces said.

The incident took place in the central Golan Heights.

The IDF has recently begun looking into easing the rules of engagement near the border due to the increase in incidents in the area over the last few months.

Last Tuesday, four Israeli soldiers were wounded by a bomb that hit their jeep in the Golan Heights near the Syrian border. Three of the wounded soldiers were in light and moderate condition, and a fourth sustained serious injuries. They were evacuated to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa for treatment.

In response the Israel Air Force attacked a number of military targets in the Syrian Golan Heights.

On the Friday evening before that, an explosive charge detonated near Har Dov in the vicinity of the Israel-Lebanon border. None were reported wounded in the attack, which targeted an IDF unit. The IDF fired at a Hezbollah position near the border north of the Israeli city of Metula, using artillery and tanks stationed in the area.

At the end of February a similar incident occurred in the northern Golan Heights, when IDF troops spotted several persons suspected of attempting to plant a charge near the border fence with Syria. The soldiers fired at the persons, using both artillery shells and bullet rounds. An IDF source said the activity was directed by Hezbollah.

In December a mortar shell was fired from Syria and exploded in the Golan Heights' town of Majdal.