Israel to keep tight control on border
18 February 2013, 08:51
Jerusalem - Israel will maintain close tabs on its border with Syria and only let people to cross in "exceptional circumstances," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday after seven injured Syrians were let in.
"We will continue to watch over the border and prevent anyone from crossing it and entering Israel, except in a few isolated and exceptional circumstances - each of which will be weighed on its own merit," Netanyahu told his outgoing cabinet.
Israeli troops in the occupied Golan Heights on Saturday allowed in seven people who were wounded in clashes on the Syrian side of the strategic plateau to cross the armistice line, taking them for treatment at a hospital in the northern town of Safed.
One person was in critical condition while the other six were moderately wounded, a spokesperson for a hospital said.
Neither the army nor the hospital would provide details on the nature of the injuries, or whether they were members of the Syrian military or the opposition forces.
Netanyahu said the tensions along Israel's frontier with Syria would be a key element of his talks with US President Barack Obama when he makes his first visit to Israel as president next month.