Israeli military: Arab citizen uses paraglider to cross Syria border and join fighting there

The Israeli military says an Arab citizen has flown into Syria using a paraglider.

The military said Sunday it is still examining the incident. Initially there was concern an Israeli citizen had been accidently swept into Syria by the winds Saturday and captured by one of the rebel groups there. Such a scenario would have put Israel is a dire situation of having to reclaim a hostage.

But military officials say it now appears it was a 23-year-old from an Arab town in Israel who planned the maneuver with the intent of joining Syrian rebel fighters.

Dozens of Israeli Arabs have sneaked into Syria in recent years to join the civil war. This would appear to be the first case of someone doing so via air.