Israeli planes strike Lebanon after shelling
Israeli warplanes raided southern Lebanon, after the militia of the Shiite group Hezbollah attacked Israeli positions in the disputed Shebaa Farms border area, police and the Israeli military said.Updated: Feb 04, 2006 05:07 IST
Israeli warplanes raided southern Lebanon, after the militia of the Shiite group Hezbollah attacked Israeli positions in the disputed Shebaa Farms border area, police and the Israeli military said.
Police said Israeli aircraft flew five sorties over the area, striking near the towns of Kfarshouba, Hibbariyeh and Khiam on Friday.
Israeli artillery also pounded the area with 155 mm guns, with more than 100 rounds striking in less than an hour, the police said.
A young woman was reported to have been wounded in the counter-attack, while a house was destroyed in Kfarshouba, windows blown out at a school in Hibbariyeh and houses damaged in Khiam.
An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed that "our aircraft attacked targets from which our positions were fired on."
Later, senior army spokesman Avital Leibovich said: "It was a serious provocation from Hezbollah, which is tolerated by the Lebanese government.
The attack by Hezbollah came two days after a 15-year-old Lebanese shepherd was killed by Israeli gunfire in the area.
Leibovich accused Hezbollah of "using innocent civilians to gather information and launch attacks," saying the dead boy had approached an Israeli position.
The Israel raids came less than an hour after Hezbollah fired on an Israeli position at Roueissat al-Aalam.
The army spokeswoman said one person was lightly wounded in the attack, in which Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said some 500 rockets pounded the tiny Roueissat al-Aalam position in 45 minutes.
First Published: Feb 04, 2006 05:07 IST