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      Four Syrians Detained Near Border with Israel

      Israeli soldiers arrested four Syrians who approached the border fence, then released them following an interrogation.
      By Elad Benari, Canada
      First Publish: 8/2/2013, 11:50 PM

      soldiers in Golan Heights
      soldiers in Golan Heights
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      Israeli soldiers arrested, then released, four Syrians who approached an IDF outpost in the Golan Heights on Friday evening.

      The four were caught by soldiers as they approached the outpost near the border fence. The soldiers questioned the four and, upon determining that they were unarmed and not dangerous, released them and sent them back to Syria.

      The Golan has been tense since the beginning of the conflict in Syria more than two years ago, but so far there have been only minor flare-ups as Syrian small arms fire or mortar rounds hit the Israeli side, prompting an occasional Israeli response.

      On Thursday night, gunfire from the Syrian side of the border hit close to an IDF patrol in the northern Golan Heights. There were no injuries or damages.

      The IDF believes that the fire was not directed at the Israeli soldiers and was part of the ongoing fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Al-Assad.

      Two weeks ago, fire was opened at an IDF patrol near Tel Fares in the southern Golan Heights, after the troops identified two Syrians who entered an abandoned military outpost located east of the border fence.

      The troops were searching the area when they were fired upon. None of the soldiers was hurt and no damage was caused. The soldiers returned fire.

      (Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)