Israeli Arab paraglided into Syria

23 year-old man from the Golan Heights crossed the border via parasail; IDF investigating.

Tova Dvorin , | updated: 09:56

Parasailing (file)
Parasailing (file)
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An Arab resident of Jaljuliya entered Syria on Saturday afternoon, after he paraglided there from the Golan Heights, it was cleared for publication Sunday morning. 

On Saturday, at about 5:00 pm, IDF spotted the windsurfer as he crossed the border. IDF patrols were initially concerned that a paratrooper had strayed into Syria by mistake. 

"From that moment we started cooperation with the Shin Bet intelligence forces," IDF spokesman Brigadier General Motti Almoz stated Sunday, referring to the Israel Security Agency (ISA). 

He further identified the suspect as a 23-year-old. 

A military spokeswoman told AFP the army was "examining the possibility he had entered Syria in order to join rebels."

Almoz added that the incident is still being investigated, and forces have been sent to the Golan Heights region Sunday to determine what happened. 

He also insisted that, despite a chase, the suspect could not be stopped from crossing the border. 

As of October 2015, the ISA has reported that some 45 Israeli Arabs have joined rebel groups in Syria since the conflict began - most of whom travel to the embattled country via Turkey.