HAIFA, Israel, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Israeli soldiers on routine patrol shot a Syrian citizen in the knee when he tried to cut a border fence, the Israeli Army said.
The incident occurred Saturday when soldiers spotted the man approaching the border. When he ignored their calls to halt the soldiers fired warning shots in the air before shooting him, hitting him in the knee, the Hebrew language daily Maariv said. The man was evacuated by Syrian citizens to a hospital, the army said.
An unidentified Israeli military official told The Jerusalem Post soldiers deployed near the border with Syria have recorded a number of "suspicious activities" near the fence in recent days.
"As far as we are concerned any person who tries to approach the fence is not doing it for peaceful reasons. He is either trying to collect intelligence on our troops, planning a terror attack or trying to infiltrate into Israel and carry out an attack in one of the communities near the border," the official told the Post.