UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Israeli forces strike south Lebanon in response to several anti-tank missiles fired from there at a border army base and military equipment, the army press service said.
The military speaks of “several hits” as a result of Lebanese shelling. A spokesman for the prime minister, Ophir Handelman, said there were no wounded or dead.
“Several anti-tank missiles were fired from Lebanon on the basis of the Israel Defense Forces and military equipment. <…> The Israel Defense Forces respond with attacks on fire sources and other targets in southern Lebanon,” the release said.
In turn, the Lebanese army said that Israel fired over 40 missiles in a number of settlements in southern Lebanon. It is noted that the bombing continues.
The border incident, one of the most serious since the Second Lebanon War of 2006, was preceded by threats from the Hezbollah movement to avenge recent Israeli air raids on Beirut and Syria, where several of its activists died.
The state-owned Kan radio station reports that the Israeli military ordered the printing of bomb shelters in settlements up to four kilometers from the border, but residents have not yet been told to go down there.
The Lebanese Shiite movement sponsored by Iran in Israel is considered its most dangerous opponent in the north and its arsenal is estimated at 130,000 missiles and missiles.
The Israelis perceive the latest conflict with Hezbollah as far from being the most successful of their campaigns due to high losses and inconsistency of the results with the stated goals.
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