Report: Hezbollah patrol hit by mine in Lebanon, near Israeli border

Reports from Lebanese media claim one was wounded in the explosion that occurred near Metulla, northern Israel.

September 28, 2016 20:38
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A general view shows the Lebanese-Israeli border as seen from Kfar Kila village, southern Lebanon December 21, 2015. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Lebanese media reported Wednesday that a mine exploded on a Hezbollah patrol close to the Israeli border in the Metulla region.

The Lebanese media said that a mine or bomb went off on the patrol on the Lebanese side of the border.

One was critically wounded and the Lebanese army had arrived to the scene, according to the reports.

Despite claims from the Lebanese media that the IDF had gathered on the border, the IDF stated that they do not respond to events that occur outside of Israel's borders.

In July, a bag full of explosives was located in a wooded area of Metulla near the Lebanese border and was believed to have been smuggled into Israel by Hezbollah according to the defense establishment .

Defense sources estimated that the explosives were smuggled into Israel from Lebanon with the intention of being used in a terror attack.

The Shi'ite terror organization regularly attempts to smuggle explosives and drugs over the border into Israel. The majority of these attempts are thwarted by intelligence information and the alertness of IDF patrols in the area.

As Israel and Hezbollah marked ten years since 2006's Second Lebanon War in August, the terrorist group's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, warned against a possible rekindling of hostilities.

“Israel knows that there is no location in the country that is not in Hezbollah’s cross-hairs,” Nasrallah said in a video broadcast.

Yossi Melman and Noam Amir contributed to this article.

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