World Bulletin/News Desk
The Israeli army was placed on high alert along the border with Lebanon and in Syria's occupied Golan Heights, the Israeli Radio reported early Sunday.
The move was taken over the possibility of an escalation in the region on the eve of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, and in the light of the ongoing military onslaught in the Gaza Strip, the broadcaster quoted an unnamed military source as saying.
Army troops stationed across the Gaza Strip have also taken measures over the possibility of another outbreak of violence against the background of the military offensive in Gaza, he added.
Meanwhile, an Israeli soldier has been killed near border of the Gaza Strip, Israeli army said Sunday.
In a statement, the army said Sgt. First Class Barak Refael Degorker, a 27-year-old from the town of Gan Yavne, was killed Saturday night by a mortar shell near the Gaza Strip border.
The latest fatality brings to 43 the number of Israeli soldiers killed in the Gaza Strip since July 3 when Israeli launched a military offensive in the Palestinian territory. Three Israeli civilians have also been killed.
More than 1000 Palestinians and 6000 others injured in the Israeli assault.
Gaza-based Palestinian factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rockets at Israeli cities in response to the Israeli attacks.
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