IDF officer injured as Islamist rebels seize Syria-Israel crossing

Smoke from Syrian fighting seen on the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights on August 27, 2014. (photo credit: Flash90)

An Israeli officer in the Golan Heights was moderately injured by apparent stray fire from fighting in Syria Wednesday morning, as an al-Qaeda linked rebel group took control of the only crossing between Israel and Syria.

The officer sustained wounds to the chest. The army was not immediately able to establish whether the injury was due to a bullet or shrapnel. The officer was evacuated by helicopter to the Rambam hospital in Haifa.

At least six mortars fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights over the course of the day as rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fought for control of the Quneitra crossing, near Israel’s northeastern border.

The IDF said it had not completely determined whether the mortars were fired into Israel intentionally or were a spillover from fighting between rival factions on the Syrian side of the border…