TEL AVIV (JTA) – Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded as a Hezbollah anti-tank missile struck an Israeli patrol on Israel’s Lebanese border.
The attack from the Lebanese terrorist group Wednesday, according to Israeli reports, included shelling of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) positions in Israel’s north.
In response, the IDF hit southern Lebanon with artillery strikes, killing a Spanish soldier serving in UNIFIL, the area’s United Nations peacekeeping force.
The Hezbollah attack came hours after the IDF struck a Syrian artillery post controlled by Syrian President Bashar Assad, scoring direct hits. The strikes were in response to two rockets that hit the Golan Heights Tuesday.
“Last night’s [IDF strike] on Syrian territory against targets belonging to the Assad regime sends a clear message: that we will not tolerate any rocket fire into Israel or any infringement of our sovereignty, and that we will respond [to such attacks] forcefully and decisively,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Tuesday, according to the Times of Israel. ”The Assad regime is responsible for the fire into Israel, and we will exact a heavy price from any government or organization that violates our borders.”
On Wednesday, according to Israeli reports, the IDF was searching for tunnels under its northern border dug by Hezbollah, the Lebanese terrorist group. Destroying a network of tunnels dug under the Israeli border with Gaza was one of the IDF’s main objectives in its war with Hamas last year.