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Israel Strikes Back at Hezbollah

Israeli air force planes attacked bases of the pro-Iranian group Hezbollah in Lebanon on Wednesday in response to the recent escalation of assaults by the group in the Israeli-controlled border security zone.

The raid on Mashara village follows recent attacks by the Islamic fundamentalist force on Israeli and allied South Lebanese Army troops in southern Lebanon. On Tuesday, a land mine detonated under an Israeli tank, causing slight damage and no casualties.

All Israeli planes returned safely to base, according to the spokesman for the Israel Defense Force.

The outgoing chief of the IDF’s Lebanese liaison unit warned this week that Hezbollah attacks on the 9-mile-deep Israeli security zone were likely to continue and even increase in the short term.

Brig. Gen. Micha Tamir said the extremist group had stepped up operations in the past two months after a break for the parliamentary elections in Lebanon in which it scored some success.

Tamir headed the Liaison Unit for two years. He is succeeded by Brig. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi.

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