Jordanian Soldier Fires at Israeli Patrol

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CBNNews.com - ARAVA BORDER CROSSING, Israel - A Jordanian soldier fired at an Israeli Border Police patrol early Tuesday morning.

Israelis at the scene said the soldier climbed down from a watch tower, weapon in hand, and opened fire at the Israeli soldiers, who returned fire.

Jordanian officials denied that the incident took place.

Security forces are investigating the unprovoked attack.

Tuesday's cross-border shooting was the third such incident in less than a week.

On Sunday, a Syrian fired at Israelis repairing the security fence on Israel's side of the border, damaging vehicles but not injuring anyone.

Last week, Lebanese-based terrorists fired Katyusha rockets at the northern coastal city of Nahariya, scoring a direct hit on a nursing home.

Two elderly residents were injured by shrapnel, five suffered from shock, and the building sustained substantial damage.

Residents were in the dining room for breakfast when the missile hit. Had they been upstairs in their bedrooms, the casualty toll would have been much higher.

Authorities believe the three cross-border incidents were meant to protest Israel's operation against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

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