Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Syria skirmish is gravest yetas child killed

    A 14-year-old boy was killed and three men injured at the Golan border on Sunday in the first fatal incident to involve Israeli citizens since the start of the Syrian civil war three years ago.

    The boy was Muhammad Krakara, an Israeli Arab from the Galilee village of Arabeh. He had joined his father, the driver of a water-tanker being used in maintenance work on the border fence with Syria, on the first day of his summer holiday.

    An advanced anti-tank missile hit the cab of the tanker and immediately killed Muhammad. His father and two other men were wounded.

    IDF officers who examined the scene were initially uncertain whether it had been fired by forces loyal to the Assad regime or by one of the rebel groups active in the area.

    On Tuesday, however, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman accused the Syrian government of being behind the attack. "We got all the analysis, all the intelligence and it was clear it was Syrian authorities, [Bashar al-] Assad's forces, who fired on the Israeli boy," Mr Lieberman said.

    "They must pay the price," he told Israel radio on Tuesday. "I hope Damascus got the message."

    In retaliation, on Sunday night the IDF attacked nine Syrian army positions near the border with both air strikes and ground-launched, guided missiles.

    There were conflicting accounts of the number of casualties resulting from the Israeli strikes. According to local Syrian activists, 10 people were killed, while the Syrian government claimed there were four fatalities.

    Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said that Israel would hold the Syrian government responsible for any attack on its territory. The Israeli government described the Golan attack as the most serious on the frontier since the start of the Syrian conflict.

Israel

Israel fire eyewitness: 'We were trying to out-...

Orlando Radice

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Israel fire eyewitness: 'We were trying to out-...
Israel

Arabs and Palestinians around the world celebra...

JC Reporter

Friday, November 25, 2016

Arabs and Palestinians around the world celebra...
Israel

Bibi faces probe over subs deal

Anshel Pfeffer

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Bibi faces probe over subs deal
Israel

Meet the rabbi that's making waves

Tim Marshall

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Meet the rabbi that's making waves
Israel

Tens of thousands evacuated as bush fires rage ...

JC Reporter

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tens of thousands evacuated as bush fires rage ...
Israel

Israeli rabbis, Hamas founder call for peace

Nathan Jeffay

Israeli rabbis, Hamas founder call for peace
Israel

Israeli navy submarine deal could be sunk

Anshel Pfeffer

Israeli navy submarine deal could be sunk
Israel

New cases for the Negev's genetic detective

Nathan Jeffay

New cases for the Negev's genetic detective
Israel

Israeli rabbis in hot water

Anshel Pfeffer

Israeli rabbis in hot water