Israeli teen killed by mortar fire from Syria

The Israel-Syria border's Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( A 13-year-old Israeli boy was killed Sunday in the Golan Heights by an explosion resulting from a mortar shell fired from Syria.

Three others were injured after the detonation of the mortar, which was fired from near the Quneitra crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled portion of the Golan Heights. The teenage victim, identified as Mohammed Karaka, was killed while riding in a vehicle with his father, an Israeli Defense Ministry employee working to bolster Israel’s border fence with Syria.

The Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit tweeted in reaction to the incident, “Today’s event on the #Syria border intentionally targeted Israelis. The explosion is the most serious attack against Israel in recent months.”

Posted on June 22, 2014 .