Rare Violence Erupts on Israel-Lebanon Border

At approximately 1013 EST, reports began to emerge of a security incident on the Israel-Lebanon border near Metula, Israel. Hezbollah-aligned media made the majority of initial announcements until about 1105 EST. Within that time period, Hezbollah media representatives claimed that five of its members were injured in Israeli airstrikes near Boustane. The most flamboyant claims mentioned airstrikes, while the most benign mentioned fireworks or some sort of other non-lethal devices.

At 1105 EST, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced:

“The IDF thwarted an attempt to attack the border barrier with Lebanon A number of suspects approached the border fence with Lebanon earlier today (Wed) and attempted to sabotage the area of the barrier. IDF forces identified them immediately and used measures to keep them away. The identity of the suspects Unknown. The IDF will continue to act in order to prevent any violation of the sovereignty of the State of Israel and damage to the border fence.”

By 1115 EST, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) called on both sides to de-escalate the situation after, according to the Jerusalem Post, the IDF had carried out another operation to disrupt another attempt to sabotage the border fence.

 

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Ethan Alun
Ethan Alun
A United States Naval Academy and American Military University Alumni, Ethan covers flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.
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