Lebanese media reports that IDF tanks ‘CONTINUE’ to fire into Lebanon in response to Hezbollah attack today
No known injuries in attack; according to Lebanese news outlets, the IDF fired 20 shells toward the vicinity of Sheba Farms, which is also known as Har Dov.
Hezbollah set off a large bomb on the Israel – Lebanon border, on the western section of Mount Dov on Monday, targeting two armored military vehicles that were clearing a road in the area.
The IDF has responded with cross-border artillery fire at targets into Lebanon.
IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Moti Almoz said two heavy armored vehicles, one of which was a D-9 bulldozer, were targeted in the Hezbollah attack, describing the explosive that was set off as “relatively large.” “We have opened artillery fire, and created a smoke screen to cover the area. We are in control of the incident,” Almoz said.
At this stage, there are no known injuries among IDF soldiers. Israeli farmers situated close to the Lebanese border have been moved back by the army. Beyond that, Almoz said, there are no special safety instructions for northern residents.
The army is in touch with security coordinators in northern communities, he added. The army is unaware of any cross-border infiltrations at this stage.
Almoz posted a Facebook statement, saying that the IDF completed a special security assessment meeting headed by Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. “We view the incident with severity, and we are on high alert for as long as necessary,” he said.
Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the attack on the IDF vehicles, according to Lebanese Al-Mayadeen television.
“A cell of the martyr Samir Kuntar detonated the large explosive in Sheba farms area in occupied Lebanon during an IDF patrol causing the destruction of a Hummer and injuring all its passengers,” Hezbollah said.
Lebanese media reported that that the explosive was meant to harm a senior Mossad official.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon held a security assessment meeting on Monday night at IDF Headquarters in Tel Aviv. Ya’alon met with Eisenkot, Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Herzl Levi, the head of the IDF Operations Branch Maj.-Gen. Nitzan Alon, and other senior officers. No statement was released at the end of the meeting.
Lebanese media earlier reported that Israeli shells were fired at the Sheba Farms region near the intersection of the Syrian, Israeli, and Lebanese frontiers.
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