(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

A Syrian man infiltrated the Israeli-Syrian border, northeast of Katzrin on the Golan Heights, on Friday morning and approached an IDF outpost near the border. The Syrian, who was armed with a shotgun and dressed in a shirt emblazed with the Palestinian flag, infiltrated the outpost and opened fire, aiming at the outposts’ gasoline tanks with the intent to cause them to explode. No injuries or damages were reported.

The man was arrested by the soldiers and taken for questioning by security forces. During his questioning the man stated that he is a Fatah operative, and that his intention had been to abduct an officer from the outpost and kidnap him to Syria. It should be noted that while an incident of this type is unique and rare for this region,  responsibility lies with Syria which must act to prevent similar incidents in the future.