Israeli civilian injured by Syrian mortar on Golan Heights

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli man was wounded when a mortar shell fired from Syria struck Israel’s Golan Heights.

The mortar was believed to be part of the battles between Syrian rebels and government forces from the country’s more than 3-year-old civil war.

The man, 52, was taken to the hospital. He was described by the Israel Defense Forces spokesman as “lightly injured.”

Syrian rebels reportedly seized control of the Quneitra crossing at the Golan Heights on Wednesday.

Farmers in northern Israel were told to stay off farmland near the border and tourist sites on the border were closed, according to reports.

Also Wednesday, an Israeli army officer was struck in the chest by gunfire from Syria. In addition, six mortars fired from Syria struck the Israeli Golan Heights, damaging two cars.

Israel responded by striking two Syrian military positions in the Golan, the IDF said.