IDF Troops Fire at Man Attempting to Breach Syria-Israel Border Fence
A Syrian citizen attempted to cross the Syria-Israel border on Saturday, and was shot by Israel Defense Forces soldiers. At 3:20 P.M., troops from Armored Battalion 46 spotted the man approaching the border fence in the southern Golan Heights, near Tel Fars.
As soldiers spotted the man holding a tool with which to cut the barbed-wire fence, they immediately began the standard IDF protocol for engaging a suspicious individual. After the suspect did not respond, the soldiers opened fire, and the suspect was hit once in the knee.
Shortly after, other Syrian citizens arrived on the scene and treated the suspect’s wound, and carried him off the scene.
According to an IDF official, there is currently no information on the Syrian citizen’s condition, and that during the ordeal, the soldiers followed the normative IDF guidelines.
Over the last few days, the number of Syrian citizens attempting to disrupt the border fence in the southern part of the Golan Heights has risen. According to IDF regulations, any attempt to disrupt security related institutions, for example the border fence, is considered a violation of border sovereignty, as is entering the buffer zone between Israel and Syria.