Published On: Wed, Jan 28th, 2015

Two IDF Soldiers Killed on Lebanese Border as Fear of New Clashes Looms

IDF soldiers under rocket fire

Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven were wounded in a Hezbollah terrorist attack on Wednesday near Mount Dov, along the border with Lebanon, the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit said.

Two of the wounded soldiers were transferred to the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa with light-to-moderate injuries.

Two Israeli soldiers injured in Wednesday’s Hezbollah attack along the Israel-Lebanon border arrive via helicopter at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa. Credit: Provided photo.

The IDF said it responded to the attack with combined artillery and airstrikes on multiple targets in southern Lebanon, adding that additional responses could be on the way.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that its Quneitra Martyrs Unit targeted the Israeli military convoy “comprising several vehicles and [transporting] Zionist officers and soldiers causing the destruction of several vehicles and inflicting many casualties on the enemy.”

A United Nations peacekeeper from Spain was also killed in the heavy exchange of fire that followed the incident. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey confirmed the death on Twitter, expressing his “deepest sympathy” to the family of the peacekeeper.

Sigrid Kaag, the U.N.’s special coordinator for Lebanon, called on all parties “to refrain from any actions that could destabilize the situation further.”

On Tuesday, at least two rockets were fired from Syria into the Golan Heights, an attack for which Hezbollah also claimed responsibility. Tension has been high along Israel’s borders with Syria and Lebanon since the reported Israeli airstrike on Jan. 18 in Syria’s Quneitra region, in which high-level Hezbollah terrorist operatives and an Iranian Revolutionary Guards general were killed.

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