Photo Credit: Ayal Margolin / Flash 90
IDF soldiers examine fragments from a rocket that landed near Kibbutz El Rom, fired from Syria on July 14, 2014.

One IDF soldier was wounded Wednesday when combatants in Syria’s civil war fired across that country’s border with Israel into the Golan Heights.

The soldier sustained shrapnel wounds to the chest and was airlifted to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, where he was immediately taken into surgery to remove the fragments. He is listed in fair to  good condition.

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In total, three mortar shells were fired during the attack. No other injuries were reported,  which occurred near the Quneitra crossing, but two cars were damaged in the attack.

In response, IDF officials said Jerusalem holds the Syrian army responsible for maintaining order on the Syrian side of the border, and added that Israeli forces attacked  two Syrian positions in response to the attack.

“Hits were confirmed,” a spokesperson said.

Security sources originally told media the attack was apparently due to overflow from the civil war taking place in Syria but that assessment is being re-examined.

Nevertheless, the IDF has ordered farmers and civilians to stay away from the border with Syria border until further notice. Part of the area has been closed to civilians as a precaution.

There is intense combat taking place between President Bashar al-Assad’s army and opposition forces near the Quneitra crossing, which is very close to Israeli communities in the Golan Heights.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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