TEL AVIV (Jul. 21)
An Israeli soldier was killed and five others were wounded early Monday morning in two separate incidents in the border security zone of southern Lebanon.
The Iranian-backed Hezbollah claimed credit for the two attacks, which took place in the Israeli-controlled zone’s central sector.
In response, Israel Defense Force and South Lebanon Army gunners rained artillery and mortar shells on villages north of the zone Tuesday.
The first incident occurred when an IDF unit on routine patrol came under grenade and light weapons fire near Barashit village, close to the northern border of the zone.
One soldier was killed and three others were wounded, two with light injuries and one with medium wounds in the chest. They were not immediately identified.
Shortly afterward, two IDF soldiers in the same area were lightly injured when a bomb exploded under their vehicle.
According to reports from Beirut, eight civilians were wounded in Barashit village Tuesday, during some two hours of bombardment during which six villages were hit.