JNN 28 Jan 2015 Beirut : Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah,targeted an Israeli convoy of nine vehicles in occupied Shebaa Farms on Wednesday, killing 4 Soldiers and injuring a large number of Israeli soldiers.
Media outlets initially reported the operation, saying an anti-tank missile hit a vehicle in the Shebaa Farms.
Hezbollah later claimed the attack was carried out in retaliation for a recent Israeli strike that left several top members of Hezbollah dead.
The attack comes more than a week after an Israeli raid in Quneitra in Syria’s Golan killed six Hezbollah fighters.
The Israeli regime responded with combined aerial and ground strikes on southern Lebanon.
Eight Israeli soldiers were also injured, while a Spanish UN peacekeeper was also killed in the clashes. Spanish Foreign Ministry said Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, 36, was killed during the exchange of fire.
Israel said a 20-year-old sergeant and a 25-year-old captain had been killed in the attack.
At 11:25 this morning, the Quneitra Heroic Martyrs group, of the Islamic Resistance, targeted an Israeli military convoy in the Shebaa Farms composed of several vehicles transporting Zionist officers and soldiers,” a statement released by Hezbollah Media Relations said.
“Several vehicles were destroyed, and casualties were caused among the enemy ranks,” the statement added.
Shortly after the attack, the occupation army announced that one of its vehicles was destroyed and that several soldiers were injured many of whom were in critical condition.
Conflicting reports emerged concerning the number of Israeli casualties. Sky News reported that 4 occupation sodliers were killed, while the Israeli Military Censor put the death toll at 2 soldiers.
Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry also issued a statement refuting Israel’s claims that Hezbollah attack was a violation of truce deal signed in 2006. The statement said the attack targeted an Israeli military convoy inside the Shaba’a Farms, which is viewed as occupied Lebanese territory.
Following the attack, Israeli military leaders held an emergency meeting to discuss a response as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the military is “ready to act with force on any front.”
Foreign-backed militants in Syria say Israeli jets also hit an area near Damascus international airport.
Following the Hezbollah’s attack, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a message on Twitter that Israel should respond to the attack “in a very harsh and disproportionate manner.”
Tensions have been on the rise in the area after an Israeli airstrike on the Syrian sector of the occupied Golan Heights killed six Hezbollah fighters and a top Iranian commander on January 18.