Israeli gunfire in Golan Heights leaves one Syrian dead, UN mission says

9 January 2003

United Nations military observers in the Golan Heights have said that Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) killed one Syrian and reportedly captured another yesterday just north of the intersection of the Jordanian, Israeli and Syrian borders.

According to preliminary information from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), the incident occurred in the southernmost portion of the mission's area of operation. The two Syrians were apparently on foot, west of the line separating Israeli controlled Golan and Syria, but east of the technical fence, which does follow the separation line in this particular spot.

The mission, which has been monitoring a ceasefire between Israel and Syria since 1974, said it is investigating the incident and will provide further details as they become available. The mission is also negotiating with the IDF to recover the body of the known casualty and to obtain the release of the apprehended Syrian.


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