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Israel announces completion of strike exchange on border with Lebanon

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Israeli military calls the exchange of attacks with the militants of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement on the border of the two countries exhausted at the “tactical level.”

A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces Jonathan Konrikus said that during a Sunday incident, one of the most serious since the 2006 war, the Lebanese killed an ambulance with an anti-tank missile, and the Israelis retaliated with about a hundred artillery shells.

“At the tactical level, the incident in the region (border village) of Avivim seems to be completed, but at the strategic level, the situation continues to develop,” he said at a briefing for foreign journalists.

The officer says the military waited a week for the Hezbollah attack, which publicly promised to avenge the deaths of its activists in recent Israeli air raids on Syria.

“As one of the most likely scenarios, we just considered the shelling using anti-tank missile systems,” said Conricus.

“Hezbollah launched an attack that planned, but failed to inflict,” he added.

According to the military, two or three anti-tank missiles were fired from the Lebanese side, which fell into the border post and the army ambulance.

“We opened fire on a group of militants attacking us, firing about a hundred artillery shells and using very limited attack helicopters,” said Konricus.

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