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Palestinian citizen of Israel killed, 5 injured in Golan blast
Published Sunday 22/06/2014 (updated) 23/06/2014 11:56
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A 15-year-old was killed and at least five others seriously injured when a blast hit a vehicle traveling in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday morning.

The blast, which marks the first time an Israeli has been killed in the Golan Heights since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution and civil war more than three years ago, occurred near the Israeli settlement of Tel Hazeka near the ceasefire line with Syria.

The blast hit a vehicle belonging to a Defense Ministry contractor employed by the Israeli army to reinforce the border fence, according to Israeli news site Ynet.

The victim was a Palestinian citizen of Israel from the village of Arraba in the Galilee region, and Israeli news site Ynet reported that he was joining his father to work when the blast struck their vehicle.

Initial reports suggested that it was a mortal shell, but at the time of publishing it was still not clear how the blast had occurred.

Israeli forces responded by shelling the Syrian side of the ceasefire line.

Mortars have occasionally struck the Golan Heights from Syria as a result of fighting between government forces and rebels across the border.

Israel has responded to these hits with return fire, and has at times closed areas near the border as a result of fighting near the ceasefire line between pro- and anti-government forces.

In March, a roadside bomb injured four Israeli troops near the ceasefire line, and Israel responded by bombing Syrian military posts.

Israel occupied the Golan Heights after invading Syria in the 1967 war in which it also captured the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
22/06/2014 14:26
He is a Palestinian living in occupied Palestine. Rest in peace, love to his family and Shalom.

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
22/06/2014 17:06
Sarah - you'll be pretty p-o'ed to find out that a lot of Arabs in Israel consider themselves to be Israelis, not "Palestinians".

3 ) Mandy / Belgium
22/06/2014 20:30
A 13-year old boy, Muhammad Karaka, from the Galilee village of Arraba was killed and his father was seriously injured by rocket fire from Syria Sunday. The fire targeted the vehicle of his father, who was employed by the army for work on the Golan border fence near Tel Hazeka. The IDF responded with tank fire against Syrian positions across the border, after finding that the attack was deliberate – not a stray shell from an ongoing battle in Syria.

4 ) dan / holland
22/06/2014 21:27
good work maan ! fist you post " Israeli settler killed " now "Palestinian citizen of Israel" . Being Arab changes everything except for the fact that Syrian-based terrorists killed a minor.

5 ) Anwar / Qatar
23/06/2014 14:25
Sadly a young boy, travelling in an army vehicle has been killed & his father injured by a deliberate act. Netanyahu says Israel's enemies don't distinguish between Israeli Jews & Israeli Palestinians. Only Natanyahu distinguishes. Those firing the rockets saw Israeli army vehicle & targeted it, the hatred coming from Israel's treatment of Palestinians per se. Netanyahu only sees Palestinian Israelis as Israeli citizens when it suits the hasbara machine. Allah yerhamu.

6 ) Emen / Occupied Palestine
24/06/2014 04:01
Brian -- not a lot of Palestinians (yes, Palestinians, not any-Arabs and not "Israelis"). Just a minority suffering from an inferiority complex, as 48 Palestinians are obviously not -- never were and never will be - regarded as equal citizens in your "democratic" "Eretz" "Israel".
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