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Sunday, 11 January 2009

Israeli soldiers come under fire from Syrian border

ISRAELI soldiers and civilians working along the border fence with Syria have come under gunfire from inside Syrian territory.

No one was wounded in the rare incident that came amid heightened alert in Israel along its northern border as the military offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip entered its third week, a senior military official told AFP

A person opened fire at a group of soldiers and civilians repairing the fence along the border with Syria," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Israeli military filed a complaint to the United Nations force monitoring the usually calm border between Israel and Syria, he said.

"UN forces are currently conducting searches along the Syrian side of the border," the official said. Mews