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Syrian militants seize Golan Heights border crossing

Syrian militants seize border crossing with Israel-controlled Golan Heights.

By Danielle Haynes
An Israeli soldier holds a shell on top of a Merkava tank at a staging area near the Israel and Hamas controlled Gaza Strip border in southern Israel, July 31, 2014. UPI/Debbie Hill
An Israeli soldier holds a shell on top of a Merkava tank at a staging area near the Israel and Hamas controlled Gaza Strip border in southern Israel, July 31, 2014. UPI/Debbie Hill | License Photo

QUNEITRA, Syria, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria seized the Quneitra border crossing into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, activists said.

The Syrian rebels included members of the al-Qaida-affiliated al-Nusra Front.

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Israel Defense Forces Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told CNN three errant mortar rounds and small-arms fire crossed into Israeli territory during fighting Wednesday.

One IDF officer and one civilian were injured.

This isn't the first time Israel has been pulled into the three-year-long civil war in Syria, but Israel has said it has no interest in involving itself in that fight.

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