The Israeli Defence Forces confirmed Sunday that they were firing at targets inside southern Lebanon after a volley of anti-tank missiles had targeted an Israeli military base and vehicles near the border area.

“A number of anti-tank missiles were fired from Lebanon towards an Israel Defence Forces base and military vehicles. A number of hits have been confirmed. The Israel Defence Forces is responding with fire towards the sources of fire and targets in southern Lebanon,” the IDF said in a statement.

The military has ordered Israeli civilians near the border with Lebanon to remain in their homes, and said shelters would be opened in the area.

Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television reported that Hezbollah militia had destroyed at least one Israeli military vehicle near the border area. Hezbollah said the strike “killed and wounded those inside” the vehicle, according to al-Mayadeen.

The IDF said later Sunday that it had no casualties to report on the Israeli side, while over 100 targets had been struck inside Lebanon, including via fire from a helicopter gunship and artillery units.

The office of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri issued a statement saying that the prime minister had called US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the situation along the border with Israel. According to the prime minister’s office, Hariri had asked “the United States and France to intervene in the face of developments at the southern border.”

Later Sunday, the Lebanese Army reported that Israel had launched over 40 missiles at targets across southern Lebanon, including the settlements of Maroun al-Ras, Aitaroun, and Yaroun. The projectiles were said to have caused fires in the area.

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Earlier in the day, prior to the anti-tank missile attack which prompted the Israeli response, Lebanese media reported that Israeli drones had entered Lebanese airspace and dropped incendiary bombs on a grove along the border, while artillery fired shells into hills in the Kfarchouba area. These suspected attacks followed reports that the Israeli military had launched over two dozen flare bombs near Kfarchouba and other border towns including Ghajar and Shebaa on Saturday night.

The Israeli military confirmed earlier Saturday that it had called off planned military drills in another part of the country and redeployed troops to the northern border with Lebanon, including areas occupied by Israel following the 1967 Six-Day War, amid tensions with Hezbollah.

Explosive Tensions

Traditionally poor relations between Israel and Lebanon took a turn for the worse last weekend after Lebanese media reported that Israel carried out a drone attack in Beirut against a Hezbollah media office, and carried out strikes along Lebanon’s border with Syria. Israel did not comment on the alleged strikes.

Further incursions into Lebanese airspace were reported on Wednesday and Friday, with the Lebanese army saying troops had fired on drones operating in the country in the Wednesday incident.

In a rare admission, Israel later confirmed that its drones had been fired upon, but claimed that they completed their mission without incident. The Lebanese government accused Tel Aviv of a “flagrant violation” of Lebanon’s sovereignty with the drone attacks, while President Michel Aoun called last weekend’s incident a “declaration of war.”

On Saturday, Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah said the group was planning an appropriate “response” to Israel’s recent attacks, warning Tel Aviv must “pay a price” for its actions.

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On Thursday, the IDF held a press conference where it accused three senior officers from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Quds Force of working with Hezbollah to try to create high-precision guided missile factories which could be used to attack Israel. Israel would not allow Hezbollah to “get their hands on these weapons,” the IDF said.

Nasrallah blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, accusing Tel Aviv of “lying” about missile factories and claiming that Netanyahu was looking for a pretext to attack Lebanon.

Last week, Netanyahu accused Iran of “acting in a broad front to produce murderous terror attacks against Israel” across a number of third countries, and said that Israel would “continue to defend its security by any means necessary.” On Saturday, an anonymous Trump administration official defended Israel’s recent round of suspected attacks against targets across the Middle East, saying “be it Lebanon, be it Syria, be it Iraq…it’s our position that Israel is only acting because of Iran’s action.”

The last war between Israel and Lebanon took place in 2006, after two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hezbollah operatives in a cross-border raid, sparking a full-blown Israeli invasion. The war killed over 1,300 people, and caused billions of dollars in damage to Lebanon’s infrastructure. A UN-brokered ceasefire put a stop to the fighting. The two countries had previously fought in 1948, 1967, and 1982-1985.

 

Source: Sputnik

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  1. +++ “Nasrallah blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, accusing Tel Aviv of “lying” about missile factories”
    => To which IDF answered by showing one of the production plant…
    https://twitter.com/IDF/status/1168945231884107777

    +++ “and [Nasrallah] claiming that Netanyahu was looking for a pretext to attack Lebanon.”
    => No, just to attack Hezbollah. It’s very pretentious for an Iranian puppet to assimilate his terrorist organisation to Lebanon!
    Nasrallah even entered the Guinness Book of Records with the biggest number of hostages in history : the whole Lebanese population!

    +++ “The war killed over 1,300 people”
    => More than 2000 in fact, 1,300 are the non-Hezbollah members : it’s estimated that 700-850 Hezb have been sent to their 72 virgin goats on a total of 2,100+ casualties. In 2006, Hezb had 2,000 active fighters, added with a reserve estimated to 2,000-4,000.
    Thus, they ended with 100%+ casualties and a third of fatalities if one takes the active fighters as a base.

    +++ “and caused billions of dollars in damage to Lebanon’s infrastructure.”
    => Lebanon lost 20% of its economy… There’s a price at being an Iranian (formerly Syrian) puppet state attacking Israel…

    +++”Hariri had asked “the United States and France to intervene in the face of developments at the southern border.””
    => Oh, yeah, Lebanon state has given minister jobs to Hezbollah who many times attacked France or USA, even mass murdering 301 French+US Blue Helmets in 1983, and now Lebanon wants our help to prevent Hezbollah to get its long overdue at attacking Israelis or Jews all over the planet including on OUR soil?
    Let me remember Mr.Hariri that the 2006 UNSC Res.1701 ordered the disarmament of ALL Lebanese militias, there was no waiver for Hezbollah.
    Lebanon did NOTHING to enforce it and instead chose to accept Hezbollah as a normal political party while be it USA, France, Israel and MANY others (about 40 countries) who endured Hezbollah terrorist attacks would have been pleased to get the world rid from this organisation, instead, by putting its head in the sand like an Ostrich, now Hezbollah is probably as, if not more, powerful as Lebanon’s regular army.
    IMHO, don’t hope for an UNSC resolution to save Hezbollah’s bütt with Trump and Macron’s political career is done if he sides with our enemies as, since Lebanon now accepts a terrorist group as member of government, be aware that Hezbollah did THIS to our Blue-Helmets :
    https://www.afvt.org/wp-content/uploads/1983/10/Drakkar-3.jpg
    https://lepetitjournal.com/sites/default/files/drakkar-HNI.jpg
    https://images.sudouest.fr/2016/10/13/5804d8d366a4bdc30c6b0501/widescreen/1000×500/tous-les-ans-les-membres-de-l-association-drakkarse-reunissent-dans-les-villes-ou-les-villages-ou-reposent-les-victimes.jpg
    So to anyone trying to whitewash Hezbollah, these TERRORISTS attacked UN peacekeepers who came to help stopping the civil-war in Lebanon! Thanks to Hezbollah, instead of ending in 1983, it lasted until 1994. 150,000-180,000 Lebanese died in this war which BTW was started by Yasser Arafat and his Fakestinians.
    Be aware that this coward attack is NOT forgotten, here are pictures of the 2018 ceremony for the 35th anniversary, a joint one with USMC who lost 243 Blue-Helmets
    https://lb.ambafrance.org/IMG/arton2710.jpg
    https://lepetitjournal.com/sites/default/files/styles/main_article/public/Commemoration%2520Drakkar%25202016.png
    https://lb.ambafrance.org/IMG/jpg/171023_drakkar_2.jpg
    I personally know former Blue-Helmets who would be very pleased to catch Nasrallah or any Hezb member and “work” on them with old techniques to “make speak” that are no more “taught” in western armies, the kind of techniques that ends with unviable human-trash in the end…
    Lebanon now wants us to interpose?
    Frankly? FÜCK OFF! You’ve made your bed, now lie in it!

  2. +++ “reported that Hezbollah militia had destroyed at least one Israeli military vehicle near the border area. Hezbollah said the strike “killed and wounded those inside” the vehicle”
    => Amusing since CCTV around the incident areas have shown the “Wolf” vehicle going on after the “strike” where 2 missiles were launched.
    Traces of the explosions on the asphalt were also shown but the asphalt was lightly damaged, just like if the missiles blew at about 1m high, when an ATGM would have made a crater through the asphalt in case of direct hit.
    There were neither traces of burns, nor any wreckage nor debris around.
    One may note that the Hezbollah broadcasting of the strike ceased just after you saw the explosions and the smoke plumes, without waiting for the aftermath…

    Odd circumstances, isn’t it?
    Not really when you know Israeli military equipment!
    Here’s what exactly happened :
    https://www.nextbigfuture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/trophyaps-1-730×430.jpg
    https://thaimilitaryandasianregion.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/trophy-system-photo-rafael.jpg
    This is an APS (active protection system) named Trophy LV. It is mounted on Wolf APVs since 2014. A heavier version was already used on Merkava tanks, you can see some Hamas videos from the 2014 Operation Protective Edge where the roaches shoot RPG/Rockets at the tanks, these blast but the tank keeps on rolling without damages…
    https://www.nextbigfuture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/aps.png
    https://www.israeldefense.co.il/sites/default/files/styles/full_article_image/public/_Uploads/dbsArticles/Trophy%20LV%20and%20Samson%2030mm%20M230LF%20RWS%20on%20Oshkosh%20JLTV%20(2)_0.jpg
    Here’s the brochure of the system family :
    https://www.rafael.co.il/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Trophy-Family-brochure.pdf
    and a video of the tests :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDQODofTrCc
    The Rafael company and all its shareholders, including myself, wish to highly thank Hassan Nasrallah and his terror gang : Trophy HV was already combat-proven, the LV (light vehicle) version wasn’t.
    With a double Kornet ATGM launch intercepted within a few seconds, Trophy LV will now achieve mass production as there is no real competitors on market, there are hundreds of thousands vehicles to be potentially equipped, in other terms, JACKPOT!
    My pension says thank you Hezbollah, you are the most useful-idiots with Hamas.
    Without the both of you, my investment would not bring so much dividends, the value of my shares also have been more than multiplied by 10, I only regret one thing : not having invested 3-4x more in the company!
    I would have loved to see the face of the two ATGM-teams servant