The IDF thwarted a Hezbollah terror attack near Mount Dov along the border with Lebanon on Monday afternoon, IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Hidai Zilberman said after the military announced that a “serious security incident” was taking place along the border.
The cell, which numbered three to five Hezbollah operatives, crossed the border – also known as the Blue Line – several meters into sovereign Israeli territory and were identified by the IDF, which opened fire on them with machine guns and tank shells.
The cell fled back into Lebanon without firing at IDF troops, Zilberman said, denying reports that anti-tank guided missiles were fired during the incident. “We have some tense days ahead,” the IDF general said.
While the condition of the Hezbollah fighters is unclear, the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen news outlet reported that no Hezbollah fighters were killed during the failed attack. There were no IDF injuries or casualties.
Hezbollah later released a statement saying that there had been no clash along the border and that IDF troops had fired on empty fields, making up the entire incident, due to their “extreme fear” over a Hezbollah retaliation.
“The Islamic Resistance confirms no clash or exchange of fire occurred on its end during today’s incidents until this moment. Instead, all came from one side, that of the fearful, worried, and nervous Israeli enemy,” said a statement released by the group.
The group said that its response to the death of its member in Syria “is definitely coming” and that the damage of one of the houses in the village of Al-Habariyah “will not pass quietly.”