IDF searching area for possible border breaches; Two IDF soldiers killed, five wounded reported injured; IDF positions reported attacked by mortar fire; Residents warned to stay in homes
Two IDF soldiers were killed and at least five wounded in the Hezbollah attack when an anti-tank missile was fired on their patrol vehicle on the Lebanese border in the Har Dov region. Hezbollah forces reported ambushed the vehicle and there are reports of mortar fire on IDF positions along the border.
IDF forces responded with artillery fire on the southern Lebanese village of Kfar Shouba at the source of the fire. Arab media are reporting that the Israeli Air Force
Residents in the region have been warned to not leave their homes, the Home Front Command stating, “All residents are asked to return to their homes and to close all door and windows until further notice.”
IDF forces are searching the area for any breaches along the border.
Hezbollah took responsibility for the attack claiming it was in retaliation for Israel’s airstrikes overnight on Hezbollah affiliated military positions.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz is currently in a large scale meeting with security experts, Prime Minister Netanyahu expected to join soon. Netanyahu stated on the attack, “At this moment, the IDF is responding to events in the north. To everyone who is trying to challenge us at the northern border, I recommend for them look what happened there, not far from the city of Sderot, in Gaza. Hamas took its hardest hit since its formation and the IDF is prepared to act strongly on all fronts.”
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated that “We will not tolerate any firing towards Israeli territory or violation of our sovereignty and we will respond forcefully and with determination.”