Israel: Israel launches air strikes against Hezbollah in Lebanon after shots were fired at its troops across the border
Israel said it had launched air strikes against Hezbollah observation posts in Lebanon on Wednesday, after shots were fired from across the border towards its troops the previous evening.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the shooting on Shiite militant group Hezbollah with which Israel fought a devastating month-long war in 2006, and pledged a ‘forceful’ response to any further incidents.
‘I advise Hezbollah not to test Israel’s crushing strength,’ he tweeted. ‘Hezbollah is once again endangering the state of Lebanon due to its aggression.’
The border flare-up came hours after Lebanon rejected an Israeli call to reform the UN peacekeeping force which patrols the border, ahead of a UN Security Council vote to renew its mandate.