UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Israeli army said on Sunday anti-tank shells had been fired from Lebanon towards a military base and vehicles and that it had returned fire at targets in southern Lebanon.
The Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah said its fighters destroyed an Israeli military vehicle near the border on Sunday, killing and wounding those inside. The Israeli army did not report any casualties.
Israel has been on alert for a possible confrontation with Hezbollah for the past week after drones were used to attack what was described as a target linked to projects to produce precision-guided missiles in a Beirut suburb.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said late on Saturday his commanders were ready to respond to the attack, which he blamed on Israel.
Under threats from Hezbollah, Israel sent additional troops near the border, which has remained largely calm since the last month-long war in 2006.
“A number of anti-tank missiles were fired from Lebanon towards an IDF base and military vehicles,” the Israeli army said in a statement. A number of injuries were confirmed. ”
Following the attacks, the authorities asked Israelis living near the border to stay indoors. Reuters television footage showed smoke rising from several border posts and explosions could be heard.
Earlier on Sunday, the Lebanese army said an Israeli drone violated the country’s airspace and shot down incendiary materials, setting fire to a forested area on the border.
“Just before the fire broke out in a Lebanese border area,” the Israeli army said in a statement. The fires started due to the operations of our forces in the area, “he said without giving details.
The Israeli army, without claiming responsibility for last week’s drone attack, released what it described as details of an expanded Iranian-sponsored campaign to provide Hezbollah with means to produce precision-guided missiles.
Such rockets, for which the group has acknowledged possession, could create a balance against Israel’s overwhelming military might in any future war because of its ability to identify, strike and destroy key infrastructure sites.
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