Escalation in the north, Israeli teen killed; more rockets in the south

Scene of the attack in the Golan (Credit: Hatzalah Yosh)

Scene of the attack in the Golan (Credit: Hatzalah Yosh)

A missile or mortar hit a civilian car on the Israeli side of the border on the Golan Heights, killing a 15 year old Israeli and severely injuring his father and 4 others:

At least one person is dead and several are injured in an explosion on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights Sunday, after an explosive device was detonated near a passing vehicle.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Office just confirmed that two people were injured and one killed in the blast, and that the attack was carried out against “civilian sub-contractors for the Ministry of Defense.”

According to Channel 10, the person killed is a 15 year-old boy; the injured include two contractors for the Ministry of Defense, including the boy’s father, and up to two other people.

“A 15-year-old Israeli was killed, he was the son of a contractor,” a ministry official told AFP, saying the boy was traveling in a car with his father and another contractor at the time. Both contractors were also injured in the incident, he said, without saying what caused it.

As of 2:30 pm, the name of the teen has been released. He has been identified as Mohammed Karaka, 15, from Kafr Arraba.

“This is the most substantial incident on the border with Syria since the beginning of the civil war,” said Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, the army’s foreign press spokesman, confirming it was the first death on the Israeli side.

He said the shooting was deliberate.

“This was an intentional attack, not errant fire,” he said, adding that the target was a vehicle delivering water.

Lerner said the army was “not certain if it was an explosive device, a rocket or a mortar” that caused the explosion, noting there was a hole in the nearby fence.


The IDF has responded to the attack, IDF Radio reported a short time ago, firing on the border town of Quneitra, which is in Syrian President Bashar Assad’s control.

Lerner said it was unclear who was behind Sunday’s incident.

“On the other side, we are aware of an extensive rebel, or opposition presence, but we can’t confirm who was involved in it,” he told reporters.


The Syrian border with Israel has been less than quiet, with small skirmishes erupting between Syrian rebel forces and the IDF on several occasions.

Earlier this month, Syrian rebels shot at an IDF post near Mount Hermon; no one was hurt.

In early March, two rockets landed also near an IDF post in Mount Hermon. No injuries or damage were reported in that incident.

Despite several incidents, Israel has rarely seen damage or injuries from the threat of Syrian fighting along the border.

Last month, several top military officials warned that the war would inevitably cross into Israel, however – and that when it did, Assad would pay the price.

Let’s hope that these are not just vain words against Assad, his henchmen or even his rebels who might be hoping to export their revolution to Israel. May G-d avenge the blood of Mohammed Karaka, another Israeli teen who has paid the price of the terorists’ blood-lust. May all the wounded have a speedy recovery.

The Hamas missile threat on Israel

The Hamas missile threat on Israel

Lest anyone should get the impression that the south has gone quiet, the IDF updates us that another 2 rockets fell today, bringing this week’s total to at least 19 (not counting the “multiple rockets” which apparently didn’t land in Israel):

For more than a week, Gaza terrorists have continued to fire rockets at Israel. The attacks are increasing the rocket threat against southern communities, forcing the IDF to act in defense of innocent civilians. Following each rocket strike, the Israel Air Force has responded by targeting the activity of terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Although Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense system stops some of the attacks, most rockets are capable of reaching Israel’s biggest southern cities. More than half a million Israelis have less than 60 seconds to find shelter after a rocket is launched from Gaza into Israel.

Sunday June 22

Terrorists fired two rockets fired at Israel. Both of them hit the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

In response: The IDF targeted four terror activity sites in Gaza.

Additionally, a terrorist carrying a hand grenade was arrested Sunday morning near Eshkol Regional Council. An initial investigation suggests he infiltrated Israel through the Gaza security fence.

Saturday June 21

Terrorists fired three rockets at Israel.

Friday June 20

Four rockets fired at Israel

Thursday June 19

Two rockets fired at Israel

Wednesday June 18

Five rockets fired at Israel

  • Two hit the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council

  • A house damaged by the explosion

Tuesday June 17

In response to rocket fire: The IDF targeted a terrorist activity site, a weapons factory and two weapon storage facilities in Gaza.

Monday June 16

One rocket fired at Israel

Sunday June 15

Multiple rockets fired at Israel

Two intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

It’s time for the political echelon to instruct the military to use all force necessary to crush the terrorists on whichever side of whichever border they are operating.

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