Boy, 15, killed in Golan Heights explosion

Muhammad Karkara (photo credit: Alarab.net)

Muhammad Karkara (photo credit: Alarab.net)

Civilian contractors targeted along the border with Syria; IDF pounds Syrian military positions in response

(SOURCE)  A 15-year-old boy was killed in the Golan Heights Sunday morning in an explosion emanating from Syria, just south of the Quneitra crossing. Three others were hurt, including his father, a civilian contractor, who sustained serious injuries.

The attack apparently targeted a vehicle that was delivering water to the contractors, who were working on the fence that Israel is building across the plateau.

 The IDF responded with tank fire at “Syrian military posts in the immediate vicinity,” IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said. The IDF was weighing a further response to what was regarded as a deliberate attack, military sources said later Sunday.

“This is not a case of errant fire but of an intended attack,” he said. “The IDF will continue to watch the northern border and react to developments in the field accordingly.”

Military sources said the army was examining possible causes of the explosion, including a mortar shell and a bomb. Reports also suggested that the car had been targeted by an anti-tank missile.

The boy, Muhammad Karkara, from the town of Arraba in the lower Galilee, had accompanied his father to work.

An Israeli army tank is seen stationed near the village of Majdal Shams, on March 19, 2014, in the Golan Heights. (photo credit: AFP/Jalaa Marey)

An Israeli army tank is seen stationed near the village of Majdal Shams, on March 19, 2014, in the Golan Heights. (photo credit: AFP/Jalaa Marey)

Three weeks ago, IDF forces fired artillery shells at a target in Syria after a mortar shell fired from the war-torn country hit Mount Hermon.

The Israel-Syria border region has seen intermittent exchanges of fire throughout the war in Syria. Although Israel has largely attributed these incidents to stray fire from clashes in Syria, there have been attempts to target Israeli soldiers.

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