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Israeli army says it thwarted Hezbollah infiltrators from Lebanon

Three to five operatives from the terrorist group traveled several yards into northern Israel before soldiers responded with machine guns and tank shells

An Israeli army Merkava tanks seen in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on June 24, 2020.  on July 27, 2020. According to an Israeli army spokesperson, Israeli troops thwarted an infiltration attempt by a Hezbollah squad in the Mount Dov area. No injuries to the troops were reported. Photo by: Gil Eliyahu-JINIPIX
An Israeli army Merkava tanks seen in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on June 24, 2020. on July 27, 2020. According to an Israeli army spokesperson, Israeli troops thwarted an infiltration attempt by a Hezbollah squad in the Mount Dov area. No injuries to the troops were reported. Photo by: Gil Eliyahu-JINIPIX

A cell of Hezbollah infiltrators who crossed into Israeli territory from Lebanon were thwarted by Israeli gunfire and tank shells on Monday afternoon, the Israeli army said.

Three to five operatives from the terrorist group traveled several yards into northern Israel before soldiers responded with machine guns and tank shells, according to the Israel Defence Forces. The cell retreated back into Lebanese territory.

Residents of northern Israel were ordered to remain in their homes due to a “serious security incident.” The IDF’s restriction was lifted about an hour later.

Earlier Monday, Hezbollah reportedly fired a guided missile at an Israeli vehicle traveling in the Golan Heights in an area known as Sheba Farms, an IDF spokesman told Haaretz. Israel reportedly responded by firing tank shells in the area.

No one was reported killed on either side.

An Israeli army Merkava tanks seen in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on June 24, 2020. on July 27, 2020. According to an Israeli army spokesperson, Israeli troops thwarted an infiltration attempt by a Hezbollah squad in the Mount Dov area. No injuries to the troops were reported. Photo by: Gil Eliyahu-JINIPIX

Reuters cited what it called a Lebanese source familiar with Monday’s operation as saying the attempted attack was retaliation for the death of a Hezbollah fighter killed in what was identified as an Israeli airstrike on a missile depot and military positions, weapons and ammunition warehouses in Damascus one week  ago. Five Iranian-backed fighters were killed in the attack.

Israel neither confirmed nor denied its involvement in the airstrikes.

Israeli soldiers set up a check point near kibutz Kfar Sold close to Israel and Lebanon border, after reports of clashes in the border area, on July 27, 2020. Photo by: Gil Eliyahu-JINIPIX

“Iran and its proxies are still trying to strangle our northern border in an Iranian chokehold,” Defence Minister Benny Gantz said in a statement. “The IDF and our security forces will continue to block Iranian entrenchment, as well as the transfer of destabilising weapons, and precision weapon systems.”

Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu consulted on the situation on Monday evening at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv.

A picture taken from the Israeli side of the Blue Line that separates Israel and Lebanon shows smoke billowing above the Shebaa village sector in southern Lebanon, after reports of clashes in the border area, on July 27, 2020. Photo by: Gil Eliyahu-JINIPIX
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