Hezbollah Missiles Hit Israel, IDF Responds with Artillery Fire

Cross-border fire exchange: the Israeli military fired over 100 artillery shells into southern Lebanon on Sunday after a number of anti-tank missiles fired by Hezbollah targeted an IDF base and military vehicles near the border

Photo: IDF

Several anti-tank missiles were fired by Hezbollah toward an IDF base and military vehicles along the northern border on Sunday. The Israeli military responded by firing over 100 artillery shells into southern Lebanon as well as launching an airstrike against the cell responsible for the attack.

The IDF said Hezbollah operatives fired two or three anti-tank Kornet missiles at a battalion headquarters outside of the Israeli community of Avivim and at military vehicles nearby shortly after 4:15 p.m.

“There are a number of confirmed hits,” the military said, adding there were no injuries or casualties despite claims to the contrary by Hezbollah.

Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV reported that Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it destroyed an IDF vehicle and “killed all the occupants inside.”

Hezbollah indicated that the missile attack was in response to an Israeli airstrike last Saturday night that targeted an Iranian-led plot to carry out an attack on northern Israel with armed drones. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said two Hezbollah operatives and one Iranian were killed in the airstrike.

Later on Sunday, it was revealed that the IDF conducted a diversionary maneuver that included evacuating bandaged soldiers to a hospital.

After the missile hit the armored vehicle, which was being used as an ambulance, the IDF called in a helicopter to the scene, and two soldiers were filmed being carried out on a stretcher.

Rambam Medical Center in Haifa had announced the arrival of the two soldiers, and about an hour later, IDF Spokesperson Manelis announced that there were no Israeli military casualties. Manelis refused to comment on visuals showing the helicopter evacuating the soldiers to the hospital.


[Sources: Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel]

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