Report: Israeli Soldiers Wounded Along Lebanese Border Were Victims of Hezbollah Ambush
Four Israeli soldiers wounded by multiple blasts along the Lebanese border Wednesday were victims of a Hezbollah ambush, Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar reported Thursday.
“The enemy blundered when they violated the border with Lebanon, and fell into a trap that only the resistance could set,” the newspaper, which has links to Hezbollah, wrote, according to a translation from AFP.
“Only Hezbollah can make bombs that blow up Israelis,” the newspaper added.
Four Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers were wounded, two of them moderately, in an explosion along the Lebanese border during the night.
Following the incident, the IDF would not say what the cause of the explosion was nor would it elaborate on whether the incident was combat-related or a training accident. According to the Lebanese state-run National News Agency, a landmine explosion struck the soldiers’ patrol, which crossed over Lebanon’s southern border and advanced 150 meters inside the Lebanese border village of Labbouneh.
Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said the soldiers were on a routine mission to ensure quiet along the border “for northern residents” and “the residents of Israel in general,” The Jerusalem Post reported.
“During the operational activity, the force went over an explosive device. We are of course investigating the incident, [and seeking to verify] if this is an old or new device,” Ya’alon said.
“The Israeli unit fell into a well-set ambush and the enemy found itself faced with a difficult question: ‘How did Hezbollah know we were there?'” Al Akhbar added in its report.
“The ambush is a dangerous failure for the enemy because it shows that Hezbollah has an intelligence structure that allows it to know when a patrol arrives, its route and to set a trap for it,” Al Akhbar said. “That means the resistance is prepared for every eventuality, in case of confrontation on a wider scale or in case of a general conflict.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the incident on Wednesday, but gave no further details.
“Our soldiers defend us and our borders, which is what they were doing last night. We will continue to react to defend Israel’s borders,” he was quoted by military radio as saying.