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PM: Northern Border a 'Security Challenge' for Israel

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that Israel's northern border was heating up, creating a “security challenge” for Israel.
By David Lev
First Publish: 3/18/2014, 4:40 PM

soldiers in Golan Heights
soldiers in Golan Heights
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In a statement Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that Israel's northern border was heating up, creating a “security challenge” for Israel.

Netanyahu issued the statement after three IDF soldiers were injured when an explosive device went off on the Golan Heights, as an IDF jeep was passing by. The incident occurred near the border with Syria, outside the village of Majdal a-Shams. The injured soldiers were being treated at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, where they were airlifted by helicopter. Reports said that one of the soldiers was seriously injured, while the others sustained light injuries.

Israel Air Force planes later opened fire on terror sites in Syria and Syrian army positions, the IDF said.

“My sympathies and support are with the families of the injured,” Netanyahu said. “The border with Syria has recently become inundated with terrorists from Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah, and this has posed a security challenge for Israel. In recent years we have managed to ensure quiet as the civil war in Syria raged on. We will continue to ensure the security of Israelis,” the statement said.