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JERUSALEM —An exchange of fire erupted Sunday on Israel’s northern border in a dramatic escalation of regional tensions, after Hezbollah militants apparently fired antitank missiles from Lebanon toward an Israeli military base.
Israel responded to the cross-border missile attack with heavy fire directed at targets in southern Lebanon, the Israeli army said in a statement. Israeli media reported that military jets began bombing targets in southern Lebanese villages.
'Israeli strikes' hit Palestinian group in Lebanon
The Palestinian PFLP-GC group says a drone targeted a position near the Syrian border overnight.
Hezbollah confirmed in a statement on Sunday afternoon that two of its brigades had struck and destroyed an Israeli military vehicle near the border.
The exchange of fire on Israel’s northern border comes after a week of rising tensions between the two countries over the role of Iran and Hezbollah, an Iran-affiliated group that Israel considers a terrorist organization, on Israel’s northernmost border.
A week ago, Hezbollah had vowed retaliation for an apparent Israeli drone strike on a Hezbollah office in the southern suburbs of Beirut. Israel did not directly acknowledge any role in the strike.
“I tell the Israeli army on the border — be prepared and wait for us,” Hasan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s leader, said last Sunday in the aftermath of that strike. “One day, two days, three days, four — wait for us.”
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The Israeli military reported Sunday that it was responding to the fire on the border but did not confirm whether there was any damage or injuries on either side.
Israeli media said residents living along the border had been ordered to stay indoors and bomb shelters were opened.
Lebanon's Hezbollah downs Israeli drone - Al-Manar TV.
Lebanon's Hezbollah downs Israeli drone - Al-Manar TV The Israeli drone is now in the hands of Hezbollah's fighters, the Iran-backed group said in a statement. Hezbollah and the Israeli army exchanged cross-border fire a week ago after a drone attack in a Hezbollah-controlled Beirut suburb in the fiercest shelling exchange between the two adversaries since the 2006 Lebanon war. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had blamed Israel for the drone attack and vowed the group would target Israeli drones that enter Lebanon’s airspace.
ISRAEL/LEBANON: ISRAELI/HEZBOLLAH ATTACKS (V)
Natural Sound : VOICED BY: Philippa Meagher XFA At least three soldiers were killed and four others wounded in a bomb attack in southern Lebanon on Friday.
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Natural Sound Guerrillas from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group detonated a vehicle packed with explosives next to an outpost of pro-Israeli militia on Friday.