The Hezbollah says it has targeted an Israeli military vehicle near Lebanon’s border, killing all soldiers on board, reportedly including chief of Israel’s northern command.
Israel’s military said earlier on Sunday that several anti-tank missiles were fired from Lebanon, scoring hits, and Israeli forces were responding.
“At 4:15 pm, Sunday September 1st, 2019, the unit of the two soldiers Hassan Zeinab and Yasser Daher destroyed an Israeli military vehicle on the road to the Avivim barracks, killing and wounding those inside it,” the group said in a statement carried by the Al Manar TV.
The unit responsible for the attack was named after two Hezbollah fighters killed in an Israeli strike on Syria on August 24, the statement added.
Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said that Israeli froces were shelling the area near the south Lebanon town of Maroun al-Ras, across Israel’s border and the Avivim community.
Israel’s army confirmed on Sunday afternoon that “a number of anti-tank missiles were fired from Lebanon towards an (Israeli military) base and military vehicles.”
“A number of hits have been confirmed,” the Israeli military said, adding that it was responding to the sources of fire in southern Lebanon.
Tensions have risen in the last week between Israel and Hezbollah following the drone attack on the Lebanese capital of Beirut.
The attack came just hours after Tel Aviv launched air strikes in neighboring Syria to prevent what it claimed was an impending Iranian drone attack. Both Iran and Syria have denied the claims.
Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri’s office said he had called US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and French diplomat Emmanuel Bonne to discuss the developments.
Earlier on Sunday, Israeli drones dropped incendiary devices on a forest along the border, causing a fire in Lebanese lands. Israeli forces also shelled a few Lebanese villages on Sunday.
Israel continued to attack Lebanon on Saturday, launching over 30 flare bombs near the Lebanese border towns of Ghajar, Shebaa and Kfar Shuba and firing heavy machine guns near the villages of al-Semmaqah, al-Alam and al-Marsad.
The Israeli military said on Saturday evening that it was preparing ground, air, naval and intelligence troops in case a conflict breaks out.