IDF officer on Golan hit by Syrian bullet as farmers warned away from border farmland

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israel Defense Forces officer in the Golan Heights was injured by gun fire from Syria’s civil war and farmers in the north were told to stay off farmland near the border.

The IDF officer was struck by stray gunfire early Wednesday morning, as Syrian forces and rebels fought near the border for control of the Quneitra border crossing. He was struck in the chest and evacuated to the hospital.

Tourist sites on the border were closed as well, according to reports.

Also Wednesday morning two mortars fired from Syria struck the Israeli Golan Heights, damaging two cars.

Israel’s military has not returned fire as it determines whether the strikes were related to the civil war.

On Sunday, at least five rockets fired from Syria struck northern Israel.

During Syria’s more than three-year civil war, more than 191,000 people have been killed, according to the United Nations Human Rights Council.