Israeli soldiers come under fire at Syria border fence 2009-01-12 00:51:04   Print

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Several bullets were fired Sunday afternoon from the Syrian side of Israeli-Syrian border at an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) unit conducting engineering work near the border fence, an IDF spokesman told Xinhua on the phone.

    According to the spokesman, there were no casualties in the firing incident, but an IDF vehicle was damaged.

    "The circumstances of the incident are still unclear and the IDF is now conducting an investigation into it," said the spokesman.

    He added that a complaint has been filed with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), the UN observer agency in Syria, which has sent a team to the scene.

    Asked about the possibility that the Syrian army was involved in the incident, the spokesman said that he had no comment on that.

    Meanwhile, local daily Ha'aretz quoted the IDF as saying that more likely, Palestinian militants in Syria fired the shots to protest the IDF operation in the Gaza Strip and to cause tensions on a second front.

    On Thursday, militants in southern Lebanon fired several Katyusha rockets into northern Israel in a similar attempt to draw Israel into new fighting, said Ha'aretz.

    The IDF operation, dubbed Cast Lead, entered its 16th day on Sunday, killing more than 800 Palestinians. On the Israeli side, 13 people have been killed since the operation began on Dec. 27.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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