Hezbollah targets Israeli forces with bomb, Israel shells south Lebanon

An Israeli artillery gun fires a shell into Lebanon, after a roadside bomb exploded next to an Israeli military border patrol near the Shebaa Farms area on Monday, near Kiryat Shmona, Israel, January 4, 2016. Reuters/Ancho Gosh/Jinipix

(SOURCE)   Hezbollah set off a bomb targeting Israeli forces at the Lebanese border on Monday in an apparent response to the killing in Syria last month of a prominent commander, triggering Israeli shelling of southern Lebanon.

Israel has struck its Iran-backed Shi’ite enemy Hezbollah in Syria several times, killing a number of fighters and destroying weapons it believes were destined for the group, whose support for President Bashar al-Assad has been crucial in the country’s civil war.

Israel’s army said Monday’s blast, targeting military vehicles in the Shebaa farms area, prompted Israeli forces to respond with artillery fire. It made no mention of casualties.

Hezbollah said in a statement that the explosive device had been detonated in the Shebaa farms area and carried out by a group whom it named after Samir Qantar, a commander killed in December. The group has accused Israel of killing Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and vowed to retaliate.

Lebanese media said Israeli shelling had hit the nearby town of Al Wazzani and other areas, with reports of material damage but no serious injuries.

Witnesses said at least 10 Israeli shells had hit Al Wazzani shortly after the blast.

A Reuters witness said the shelling had stopped later in the day. Al Manar TV reported that calm had returned to the Shebaa area.

An Israeli air strike killed Qantar on Dec. 20 in Damascus, Hezbollah said. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said a week later that retaliation would be inevitable.

Israel stopped short of confirming responsibility for the strike that killed Qantar, but welcomed the death of the militant leader, who had been jailed in Israel in 1979 and repatriated to Lebanon in a 2008 prisoner swap.

Hezbollah did not say which role Qantar played in the Syrian conflict, but Syrian state media said he was involved in a major offensive earlier this year in Quneitra, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Hezbollah is fighting on the side of Assad in Syria’s civil war. The conflict has exacted a heavy toll on Hezbollah, with many hundreds of its fighters killed.

In January last year, an Israeli helicopter attack killed six Hezbollah members including a commander and the son of the group’s late military commander Imad Moughniyah. An Iranian general was also killed in that attack.

Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed later that month in one of the most violent clashes between the two sides since a 2006 war.

Israel and Hezbollah have avoided large scale confrontation along their 80-km (50-mile) frontier since the 34-day war in 2006, which killed 120 people in Israel and more than 500 in Lebanon.

Nasrallah has made repeated threats against Israel since then, part of what is seen as a calibrated policy of deterrence.

(Additional reporting by Tom Perry and Laila Bassam; Ori Lewis in Jerusalem; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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4 comments

  1. Kristi Ann

    The FALSE PAGANISM OCCULT-IDEOLOGY of islam is NOT a religion PERIOD!!

    The FALSE PAGAN moon god allah-satan Baal is NOT a god PERIOD, it is just one of over 360 FALSE PAGANISM OCCULT-IDEOLOGY gods that came out of the middle east Arab nations!!

    The FALSE prophet muhammad is NOT a prophet PERIOD, he was a PEDOPHILE / CHILD MOLESTER / RAPIST / RACIST / FASCIST / TERRORIST / MURDERER of JEWS AND CHRISTIANS!!

    The UNHOLY koran ( qu’ran ) teaches HATE for Christians and Jewish people / NAZISM / COMMUNISM / Pedophilia / RACISM / FASCISM / MARXISM / TERRORISM / TOTALITARIANISM!!

    The UNHOLY koran ( qu’ran ) and their STRUGGLE ( Jihad, islam ) is the same as STRUGGLE ( Mein Kampf, Nazi Germany ) both these books are TWIN IDEOLOGIES OF HATE FOR JEWS AND CHRISTIANS!!

    All muslims who are muslim brotherhood members and sympathizers are all Terrorists!!

    Our True GOD the FATHER who art in HEAVEN said: “Thou Shalt NOT KILL.” ( Exodus 20:13 KJV )!!

    Our True GOD the FATHER who art in HEAVEN said: “Thou Shalt have NO other gods before ME.” ( Exodus 20:3 KJV )!!

    Our True GOD the FATHER who art in HEAVEN said: “Beware of FALSE prophets which come to you in SHEEP’S clothing, but inwardly they are Ravening WOLVES.” ( Matthew 7:15 KJV )!!

    United We Stand with Israel-Yisrael and our Judeo-Christian Nation United States of America, Divided We FALL!!

    Please PRAY for our Judeo-Christian Nation United States of America and Israel-Yisrael Everyday!! “PRAY WITHOUT CEASING.” ( 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV )!!

    Love Always and Shalom Everyone,

    Kristi Ann

    PS, I am resting for a few days, as I have a very bad cold and am coughing a lot!!

  2. SweetJava

    Israel and the Middle East are key components in the book of Revelations’ end time scenario.and
    Psalm 83 is slowly but surely coming to pass…
    The players and who they are now:

    tents of Edom – (Decedents of Esau) Palestinian Refugee and Southern Jordanians
    Ishmalites – (Ishmael, father of Arabs) Saudi Arabia
    Moab – (children of Lot) Palestinian Refugee and Central Jordanians
    Hagrites – Egyptians
    Gebel – Hezbollah and Northern Lebanese
    Ammon – (children of Lot) Palestinian Refugee and Northern Jordanians
    Amelek – Arabs South of Israel (Sinai area)
    Philistia – Palestinian Refugee and Hamas of Gaza strip
    Tyre – Hezbollah and Southern Lebanon
    Assyria – Syrian and Northern Iraquis
    Their command thread is their all Muslims wanting unity, an Arab coalition to destroy anything, anyone who is not part of their confederacy..
    Hamas means violence in Hebrew. (I’m not saying all Muslims are violent, but there’s a great majority that are.)

    Yeshua means safety, salvation, the Anointed One, Jesus Christ in Hebrew.
    And anything associated with Him is deemed wrong, heresy in their eyes. It’s inbred in them from early childhood to destroy any other view except their own. They donot believe in the Trinity of God.
    But He who is in us is greater then he who is in the world! So while the world is engage in warfare, we must be engage and have our armor on with true peace and goodwill towards one another, doing everything that matters to God. Always looking up in prayer.
    Lets also pray for the soon return of Jesus Christ, for people in all walks of life to come to the realization that God the Father and Jesus Christ are who they are, Creator of the Universe. And His Kingdom IS coming. There is no absolute authority other then God! People may think differently but its all a lie from the father of lies. Jesus Christ will make everything harmonize, once and for all. He’s judging the world and will return to give everyone their just rewards. May He find you ready and not entangled with the lies.

    The falling away is the defection of the truth of the gospel. Jesus speaks truth and truth cannot be killed or die!
    So although it seems they are winning, in the end (that’s rapidly approaching) there can be only One Supreme Being and His name is Ancient of Days, Father of the Universe, Our Father in Heaven, God and His son Jesus Christ, Lord of lords and King of kings.
    We are His saints, His children, all those who BELIEVE in Him from the bottom of our hearts. Amen! May God give you peace to endure everything that must take place. Live by faith!
    Marantha! God bless.

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