Tuesday, August 03, 2010

3-Aug-10: Shooting and sounds of explosions on Israel-Lebanon border for past 2 hours

It's too early to be able to put things into a responsible perspective, but it's clear that a non-trivial flare-up of hostilities broke out on the Israel-Lebanon border within the past two hours. This comes a day after terrorists fired rockets into Israel's southern-most reaches.

The little we can say at this stage from a variety of partial sources is that Israeli and Lebanese (not Hizbullah) forces exchanged heavy fire, with massive explosions being reported in the general region of Israel's northern border; according to one source, all the explosions are on the Lebanese side of the fence. An IDF statement issued in the last few minutes says IDF soldiers "were on routine activity in Israeli territory, in an area that lies between the 'blue line' (the internationally recognized border between Israel and Lebanon) and the security fence, and thus within Israeli territory" when the shooting began from the Lebanese side.

IDF soldiers were performing routine operations in a border-area enclave within Israeli territory when, according to YNet, they came under fire. Residents throughout the northern areas of Israel, familiar with what it means to live in the shadow and firing range of missile-rich enemy forces, have been instructed by Israeli Home Command to enter their secured rooms and bomb shelters.

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