Conflicts & War

Israeli warplanes fly over disputed areas, Lebanon says

Beirut, Jul 27 (efe-epa).- Israeli warplanes flew over the disputed Shebaa Farms territory shortly after an exchange of fire on the de facto Israel-Lebanon border, Lebanese official news agency NNA said Monday.

An undetermined number of Israeli jets carried out “mock raids,” NNA said, adding that an “enemy” artillery projectile struck a house in the town of Habariyeh.

Earlier Monday, Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV reported that Israeli artillery bombarded the area of Ruwisat al Alam for at least an hour.

“The Zionist attack is limited to the Kafr Shuba highlands, the western outskirts of the town, and the Shanuh farm, in the south of the town,” al-Manar said, providing no additional details.

Hezbollah spoke out directly to deny a claim by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that forces of the Lebanese Shiite group tried to infiltrate Israeli territory on Monday.

“We thwarted an infiltration attempt by a Hezbollah terror squad in northern Israel an hour ago. No injuries to IDF troops were reported,” the Israeli military said on Twitter.

“The Islamic Resistance affirms that there has been no clash or shooting on its part in the events of the day,” Hezbollah said. “Rather, it was only one party, which was the fearful, anxious and tense enemy.”

Sunday night, an Israeli drone crashed on Lebanese soil while carrying out a mission along the Blue Line, as the de facto border is known.

The border incident came after Hezbollah vowed last week to avenge the death of one of its members in an attack in Syria that has been attributed to Israel.

Four other people also perished in that incident.

In its statement Monday, Hezbollah affirmed that it would retaliate for the killing in Syria.

“Our response to the martyrdom of the Mujahid brother Ali Kamel Mohsen, who was martyred in the Zionist aggression on the outskirts of Damascus International Airport, is definitely coming, and the Zionists only have to wait for the punishment for their crimes,” the statement said.

The IDF have repeatedly attacked Hezbollah and other foreign forces in Syria that support President Bashar al-Assad.

Lebanon and Israel have no diplomatic ties and remain technically in a state of war.

Israel has invaded its northern neighbor on several occasions and occupied a swath of south Lebanon from 1978-2000. EFE

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