A 15-year-old Israeli boy was killed and three others, including his father, were wounded in an explosion along the Syrian border in the Golan Heights on Sunday.
The boy’s father is a civilian contractor hired by Israel’s Ministry of Defense to bolster and maintain the hi-tech border fence. The youngster had apparently accompanied his father to work, as Israeli high schools have already let out for the summer break.
There remained some dispute over whether the explosion was caused by a mortar shell or a bomb planted along the fence.
Whatever the case, Israel responded with strong tank and artillery fire at forces loyal to embattled Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.
Since Syria erupted in civil war over two years ago, there have been numerous, if sporadic, exchanges of fire across the border. But Sunday marked the first time that fire from Syria had resulted in an Israeli fatality.