IDF and Hezbollah exchange fire on Israeli-Lebanese border
A peacekeeper of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) speaks on his talkie-walkie in front of a billboard bearing a portrait of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah during a patrol in the southern Lebanese town of Adaysseh, near the border with Israel. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
The Daily Star reports that 30 shells fired from Israel hit south Lebanon close to the border.
Reuters followed with news that Lebanon fired an anti-tank guided missile at an IDF convoy in Northern Israel. Hezbollah has since claimed responsibility for the attack.
"At 11:25 (0925 GMT) this morning, the Quneitra martyrs of the Islamic Resistance (Hezbollah) targeted an Israeli military convoy in the Shebaa Farms composed of several vehicles which was transporting several Zionist soldiers and officers," Hezbollah said in a statement broadcast on the group's Al-Manar television channel, reports AFP.
"There were several casualties in the enemy's ranks," it said.
Reuters, quoting a military source, said Israeli helicopters were deployed after the anti-tank missile struck the vehicle and the army was checking whether there had been any attempt to abduct one of the soldiers.
Sources close to Hezbollah told the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen that at least 15 Israeli officers have been killed after Hezbollah fighters attacked a convoy of military vehicles, reports Maan News.
A spokeperson from UNIFIL announced that a UN peacekeeper was killed in the crossfire.
However, Israel is reporting that only four Israeli soldiers have been killed.
Mortar bombs hit Israeli military positions in Golan Heights, though no casualities have been reported.
Tensions have been high over the last ten days along the border following Israeli attacks on Golan Heights.
The Lebanese Army and U.N. peacekeepers intensified their patrols along the Blue Line on the border with Israel Monday as tensions mounted over Israel’s weekend strike on Syria’s Golan Heights which killed six Hezbollah members and a senior Iranian commander.
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