Israel Warns Hezbollah ‘Once Again Endangering Lebanon,’ After Border Shooting Incident
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stern warning to Hezbollah on Wednesday after an incident in which shots were fired toward IDF troops on the northern border with Lebanon.
“Israel views with utmost gravity the shooting at our forces by Hezbollah,” Netanyahu stated. “We will not tolerate any aggression against our citizens and we will respond forcefully to any attack against us.”
“I suggest that Hezbollah not try the crushing force of Israel,” he added. “Hezbollah is once again endangering Lebanon with its aggression.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
“Israel views with utmost gravity the shooting at our forces by Hezbollah.
We will not tolerate any aggression against our citizens and we will respond forcefully to any attack against us.
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) August 26, 2020
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said, “We will not allow [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah to harm our soldiers or our country. We will respond severely to any event that happens on the border.”
אתמול בשעה 22:40 התבצע במרחב מנרה, ירי לעבר כוחותינו משטח לבנון, ירי שהסתיים ללא נפגעים.
צה”ל הגיב במסוקי קרב וכלי טיס שתקפו יעדי טרור של חיזבאללה.
לא ניתן לנסראללה לפגוע לא בחיילינו ולא במדינתנו.
נגיב באופן קשה לכל אירוע שיקרה בגבול.
— בני גנץ – Benny Gantz (@gantzbe) August 26, 2020
No IDF troops were wounded in the border shooting incident. The Israeli military retaliated with air strikes on several Hezbollah border positions.
During operational activity in northern Israel last night, shots were fired from Lebanon toward IDF troops. We responded with fire, & our aircraft struck Hezbollah observation posts near the border.
This is a severe event & we remain ready to combat any threat to our borders. pic.twitter.com/ECJeVov9bA
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 26, 2020
Tension has been running high on the border recently. Last month, Israel said Hezbollah carried out an infiltration attempt, which the Iran-backed Shi’a group denied.