Jerusalem, Oct 22 (UNI): A group of fighters from Lebanon on Sunday launched a missile against an Israeli tank in the area of Har Dov, after which the Israeli military fired in response, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.
“A short while ago, a terrorist cell fired an anti-tank missile at an IDF tank in the area of Har Dov. In response, the tank fired toward the cell. No IDF injuries were reported and no damage was caused,” the IDF said on Telegram.
The IDF also said that another group of fighters attempting to fire missiles had been hit by Israeli aviation.
“A short while ago, IDF soldiers identified a terrorist cell attempting to launch anti-tank missiles toward the area of Zar’it. An IDF aircraft struck the cell before it was able to carry out the attack. In response to the attempted missile launch, the IDF is firing toward Lebanese territory,” the Israeli military said.
A drone approaching Israel from Lebanon was shot down, the IDF added.
Earlier in the day, the IDF said its forces had struck another group of Lebanese fighters near the border.
Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah has been exchanging airstrikes with Israel for over a week, as the situation in the region deteriorated dramatically after Israel announced a military operation against Palestinian movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
On October 7, Palestinian group Hamas launched a surprise large-scale rocket attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip and breached the border, killing and seizing people in neighboring Israeli communities. Israel launched retaliatory strikes and ordered a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip, home to more than 2 million people, cutting off supplies of water, food and fuel. The blockade was later eased to allow trucks with humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip. The escalation of the conflict has resulted in thousands of people killed and injured on both sides.