Israel responds to bomb blast detonated by Lebanon Hezbollah

Tension rises between Israel, Lebanon as mortar shells fired by Israeli Army strike Lebanese territory in retaliation for bomb blast

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An Israeli artillery gun fires a shell into Lebanon, after a roadside bomb exploded next to an Israeli military border patrol near the Shebaa Farms area on Monday, near Kiryat Shmona, Israel

Lebanese Hezbollah has targeted Israeli forces with bombs at the Lebanese border on Monday triggering Israeli shelling of the southern Lebanon.

The group has targeted Israel in an apparent attack in retaliation of the killing of its prominent commander last month in Syria.

Israel has repeatedly struck Hezbollah in Syria who backed regime leader Bashar al-Assad in the country’s civil war killing several members of the group and destroying a number of weapons.

An attack which targeted military vehicles on Monday in the Shebaa farms area, prompted Israeli forces to retaliate with artillery fire, Israel’s army said.

According to a statement released by Hezbollah, the explosive device had been planted in the Shebaa farms area and launched by a group whom it named after Samir Qantar. The group has accused Israel of killing Qantar in air strikes in Syria, and vowed to take revenge. 

Lebanese media said that Israeli shelling targeted the nearby town of Al Wazzani and other areas, with reports of damage to materials.

A local witness said at least 10 Israeli shells had hit Al Wazzani briefly after the blast.

Israel, which has conducted attacks in Syria several times, last year, has killed six Hezbollah members, including a commander and the son of the group’s late leader Imad Moughniyah near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

TRTWorld and agencies