Israeli soldiers injured in bombings near Syrian border

An IDF jeep, January 3, 2014 (illustrative photo: David Buimovitch/Flash90)

An IDF jeep, January 3, 2014 (illustrative photo: David Buimovitch/Flash90)

Victims in good to moderate condition after their jeep was apparently hit by roadside bomb close to Majdal Shams

(SOURCE)  Three Israel Defense Forces soldiers were lightly to moderately injured on Tuesday when their patrol jeep apparently ran over a bomb near the Israel-Syria border.

The incident occurred near Majdal Shams, and the soldiers were evacuated to Rambam Hospital in Haifa.

 Light arms fire was also apparently directed at the patrol, according to a report on Israeli news site NRG.

The military reportedly returned artillery fire into Syria.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the attack came amid a recent influx of “jihadists and Hezbollah members” near Syria’s border with Israel, which he said “poses a new challenge.”

Netanyahu, who spoke at a meeting of his Likud faction, added, “In the past few years, we’ve succeeded in keeping the peace in the face of the civil war in Syria, and here too we will act forcefully to maintain Israel’s security.”