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Israeli Warplanes Struck Hezbollah Posts In Southern Lebanon After Security Incident Near Separation Line (Videos, Photos)

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The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced on August 26 that its warplanes had carried out a number of airstrikes on “observation posts” of Hezbollah near the separation line in Southern Lebanon.

The IDF said the strikes were a response to a security incident, in which shots were fired at an Israeli force operating near the town of al-Manar on the separation line. The incident, which took place at 22:40 on August 25, resulted in no losses, according to the IDF’s statement.

“The IDF considers the Lebanese government responsible for what happens from its territory,” Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee, a spokesman for the IDF, said, adding: “We view the incident with extreme seriousness, like every attempt to violate the sovereignty of the State of Israel, and our forces will remain in a state of great readiness to preserve the sovereignty of Israel and the security of the population as needed.”

Lebanese sources reported a series of Israeli strikes along the separation line. White phosphorus munitions were fired by the IDF, which resulted in some fires. No human losses were reported, however.

Following the incident, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Israel would respond to any attack from Lebanon, advising Hezbollah not to test Israel’s “strike force.”

Hezbollah has not commented on the incident, thus far. The Lebanese group usually address such incidents within a few days.

The IDF is expecting an attack by Hezbollah, which lost one of its fighters in the July 20 Israeli strikes on the Syrian capital, Damascus. The Lebanese group vowed to response to the strikes.

Since July 20, the separation line between Lebanon and Israel has witnessed a number of incidents. In the most recent incident, that took place on August 22, Hezbollah fighters shot down a small drone of the IDF.

Tension is growing along the separation line as a response by Hezbollah seems to be closer than ever. The long-awaited attack could lead to a serious military confrontation with Israel.

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