Syrian rebels take control of Golan border crossing

Syrian rebels reportedly seized control of the Quneitra border crossing at the Golan Heights on Aug. 27 after fighting Syrian forces in Syria’s civil war.

Farmers in northern Israel were told to stay off farmland near the border and tourist sites on the border were closed, according to reports.

An Israel Defense Forces officer on the Golan Heights was moderately injured by stray gunfire. The officer was struck in the chest and evacuated to the hospital.

Also on Aug. 27, six mortars fired from Syria struck the Israeli Golan Heights, damaging two cars. The IDF responded by striking two Syrian military positions in the Golan, a spokesman said. On Aug. 24, at least five rockets fired from Syria struck northern Israel.

During Syria’s more than three-year civil war, at least 191,000 people have been killed, according to the United Nations Human Rights Council. — jta