Hezbollah says bomb that wounded Israeli soldiers was a ‘message’


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hezbollah said an attack on Lebanon’s border with Israel that left two Israeli soldiers injured was a “message” for Israel.

“This is a message. Even though we are busy in Syria and on the eastern front in Lebanon, our eyes remain open and our resistance is ready to confront the Israeli enemy,” Sheik Naim Qassem, Hezbollah’s deputy secretary-general, told Lebanese OTV television late Tuesday, Reuters reported.

The soldiers were injured Tuesday by a bomb planted near the border with Lebanon. A Hezbollah cell called the Ali Hassan Martyr Unit took responsibility for the attack.

The Israeli military returned fire with tank shells into southern Lebanon following the attack, the Israeli army confirmed.

Hezbollah members have been fighting with the Syrian army in the country’s civil war.

Israel and Lebanon have been in a technical state of war since the end of the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

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