Hezbollah claims responsibility for attack on Israeli convoy

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Beirut: The Lebanese guerilla militant group Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for an attack Wednesday on an Israeli soldiers convoy, saying it was in retaliation for an airstrike that killed six Hezbollah members and an Iranian general.

Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner said the attack involved anti-tank missiles fired at a vehicle on Mount Dov, along the Israeli-Lebanese border. Israeli forces then responded with artillery fire.

There were no immediate reports of casualties on either side.

Lebanon's National News Agency said an Israeli soldier had been captured in the operation, but the Israeli military immediately denied that.

The militant outfit Hezbollah supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has sent fighters to aid Syrian forces in that country's nearly four-year civil war. Some fighting has spilled over the Israeli-Syria border, particularly in the Golan Heights area.

Earlier on Wednesday, Israel announced fresh airstrikes overnight against Syrian artillery positions that were themselves a response to rockets from Syria that hit Golan on Tuesday.

Israel has conducted multiple airstrikes in Syria during the country's nearly four-year civil war, though the military rarely confirms them.
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