Israel shoots ‘infiltrators’ on Golan Heights

Israeli media sources say two men have been killed, but a military statement would not confirm their condition

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Israeli troops on Friday shot what the military said were two armed suspects, described as ‘infiltrators,’ trying to breach a security fence from the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights.

“Soldiers detected two armed suspects infiltrating into Israel and tampering with the infrastructure of the Israeli-Syrian border of the Golan Heights,” a military statement said, according to Agence France-Presse.

“The Israeli army opened fire, hits were confirmed,” it added but gave no information on the identity of the suspects or the severity of their injuries.

The Israeli news web site Ynet said two men had been killed, but a military spokeswoman would not confirm their condition.

The shootings were the latest of a series of escalating violence along the testy frontier, coming 10 days after Israel attacked Syrian targets in retaliation for a roadside bombing that wounded four Israeli soldiers, in the worst Israeli casualty toll of Syria’s more than three year insurgency.

Since the Syrian civil conflict erupted in 2011, the plateau has been tense, with a growing number of stray projectiles hitting the Israeli side, prompting an occasional armed response.

Israel, which is technically at war with Syria, seized 1,200 square kilometers of the Golan Heights plateau during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, in a move never recognized abroad.

(With AFP and Reuters)

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