Israeli Patrol Along Lebanon Frontier Hit by Explosive Device

  • Villages in south Lebanon shelled by Israeli army in response
  • Israel's north frontier tense after Hezbollah militant killed

Israeli army forces patrolling an area on the northern frontier with Lebanon and Syria were hit by an explosive device. Israeli forces responded with artillery fire into southern Lebanon.

The Israeli army had no report of injuries. Lebanon’s Al-Manar television station, affiliated with the militant Hezbollah group, said Israeli shells hit homes in Lebanese villages following the incident, with no word on injuries.

Hezbollah said the attack was carried out by the Samir Kuntar Group, named for a member killed in a suspected Israeli airstrike on Damascus on Dec. 20.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied complicity in Kuntar’s killing. He’d been freed from an Israeli prison in 2008 in a prisoner swap, and Hezbollah vowed revenge on Israel for his death.

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