(JNS.org) The Hezbollah terrorist group on Monday set off a bomb at the Israel-Lebanon border, targeting a senior official of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, Lebanese media reported.
A “relatively large” explosive targeted two armored Israeli military vehicles, according to Israel Defense Forces spokesman Brig-Gen. Moti Almoz, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The IDF responded with artillery fire into Lebanon.
“We have opened artillery fire, and created a smoke screen to cover the area. We are in control of the incident,” Almoz said.
Lebanese media reports said the IDF has fired 20 shells into southern Lebanon since Sunday. An Israeli military official told Ma’ariv that Israel’s artillery fire was meant to deter Hezbollah from laying bombs along the border following Hezbollah’s vow to avenge the death of its commander, Samir Kuntar, who was killed in a recent airstrike in Damascus. Hezbollah is holding Israel accountable for Kuntar’s death, but Israel has not confirmed nor denied its involvement.