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April 21, 2015 / 2 Iyar, 5775
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Update on Wounded Soldiers’ Conditions

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Ziv Hospital in Tzefat (Safed) reports that the medical condition of five of the IDF soldiers wounded in yesterday’s Hezbollah attack have improved.

All five are now listed as lightly injured.

Later today they will undergo additional medical examinations, and the hospital will decide if they need further treatment, or if they can be released.

The soldiers jumped from their vehicle after witnessing the first vehicle blown up by the long-range anti-tank rocket, and thus saved their lives.

Two IDF Soldiers Killed in Hezbollah Terror Attack on Israeli Civilian Road

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Two IDF soldiers were killed and seven were injured today in a terror missile attack that occurred around noon, near Mt. Dov close the Israel’s’ northern border.

The casualties are Major Yohai Kalangel, 25 years old, from Gush-Etzion and Staff Sergeant Dor Nini, 20 years old from Shtulim. Both soldiers were from the Tzabar Battalion of the Givati Brigade.

A source within the IDF spoke to Tazpit News Agency about the exact whereabouts of the attack. “The soldiers were part of an IDF convoy that was using a civilian road, one that hundreds of civilians use on a daily basis. They were not patrolling the border fence,” he told Tazpit.

The attack took place near Ghajar, an Arab village on the Israeli-Lebanese border. Hezbollah took responsibility for the attack and stated it was a retaliatory action for the bombing of the joint Iranian-Hezbollah convoy, which took place on Syrian territory on January 18, 2015.

In the attack, Hezbollah fired five missiles, probably “Kornet” Anti-Tank missile, at two IDF vehicles moving on a civilian road, in close proximity to the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Another attack took place today when IDF posts on Mt. Hermon and Mt. Dov sustained mortar shell bombings fired from Lebanon around 1:00 PM. No one was injured in the attack.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu published an official response, “Those who orchestrated this attack will pay the price for their actions. For some time now, Iran via Hezbollah is trying to set up a terror front against Israel on the Golan Heights. We are acting firmly and responsibly against this attempt. The Lebanese government and the Assad regime are responsible for the attacks against Israel originating from their territories.”
“Our goal is to protect the state of Israel, and the sole consideration is the security of its civilians,” said Netanyahu.

2 IDF Soldiers Killed, 7 Wounded in Hezbollah Attack

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Two IDF soldiers were killed and seven others were wounded, most of them suffering shrapnel injuries and broken bones, in an attack on northern Israel launched Wednesday at 11:35am by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization.

A UNIFIL peacekeeper from Spain also died in the exchange of artillery fire that followed.

The multi-pronged attack on Mount Dov, Mount Hermon and the Metullah area in northern Israel involved gunfire and anti-tank missiles directed at a convoy of two IDF vehicles and two civilian vehicles traveling from Mount Dov. Both of the unarmored army jeeps were hit directly.

One of the missiles hit a home in the Druze village of Ghajar, which caught fire.

The IDF was instructed to evacuate all civilians from Mt. Hermon, according to IDF Spokesman Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner. Residents of Metulla and Kibbutz Snir were asked to stay inside on lockdown. The area of the northern Golan Heights along the border with Syria has since been declared a closed military zone. Roads to the area were closed to all civilian traffic. Route 99 was shut down by police in both directions and the airports at Rosh Pina and in Haifa were still closed on Wednesday evening.

The IDF returned artillery fire to the source of the attack, launching more than 20 shells at the southern Lebanon village of Kfar Shouba, according to military sources speaking on Army Radio. Although it appears that Hezbollah attempted to carry out a cross-border abduction raid similar to that launched in 2006 at the start of the Second Lebanon War, the effort failed and there were no kidnappings, an IDF spokesperson said.

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz convened an emergency assessment meeting as IDF troops were sent to the north to beef up forces in the region.

The IDF searched the area for tunnels near Zarit, where residents over the past year reported hearing the sounds of tapping and perhaps “digging” underneath their homes.

For obvious reasons, the IDF and IAF are on the highest alert status. Government leaders told media at 3 pm that the situation appeared to have “calmed” for the present time but that there is “not yet a feeling of having returned to a normal routine.”

This was the most serious security incident to take place in northern Israel since the Hezbollah rocket attack and kidnapping of two IDF soldiers that led to the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

UNIFIL Soldier Killed in Hezbollah Attack on Israel’s Northern Border

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) announced Wednesday afternoon it is trying to arrange a return to the ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon that Hezbollah broke with its attack earlier in the day.

One UNIFIL soldier from Spain was killed as a result of the battle launched against Israel from Lebanon by Hezbollah.

Israeli leaders have been discussing how to respond to the attack, termed a “severe” violation by all.

Five injured soldiers were evacuated to Ziv Medical Center in Tzefat, four with light wounds and one in fair condition. Four others were taken to Rambam Hospital, condition unknown, including one civilian. A number of civilians were also being treated at a clinic in Kiryat Shmona for trauma and severe anxiety.

IDF tanks and armored personnel carriers (APCs) were being trucked up to the north by mid-afternoon, local sources reported.

Heads of all security and defense departments are meeting with the prime minister and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz at the Kirya army base in Tel Aviv. All domestic flights within Israel have been grounded in accordance with security protocols.

Gunfire continues to be exchanged sporadically between IDF and Hezbollah forces across the northern border, although by 3 pm government sources said the situation had “calmed.”

Hezbollah-linked Al Manar TV officially announced the terror organization was responsible for the multi-pronged attack on northern Israel.

While Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Hezbollah to “look at Gaza” before continuing its attacks, opposition Labor party chairman Isaac Herzog expressed his support for decisions being taken by the security establishment. He told media the terrorists should not make the mistake of thinking that upcoming elections could divide the people of Israel at the bottom line.

Netanyahu Warns Northern Attackers, ‘Take a Look at Hamas in Gaza’

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

“At this moment, the IDF is responding to events in the north,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Israelis at a cornerstone-laying ceremony for new apartments in the southern city of Sderot.

“I suggest that all those who are challenging us on our northern border, look at what happened in Gaza, not far from the city of Sderot.

“Hamas suffered the most serious blow since it was founded this past summer, and the IDF is prepared to act on every front.”

Netanyahu’s response followed a multi-site attack by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror organization late Wednesday morning.

Two IDF vehicles were hit by rocket-propelled grenades and a home in the Druze village of Rajar caught fire after being struck by a rocket fired from Lebanon.

Hezbollah took responsibility for the attack, which military sources said may have been aimed at creating a distraction in order to attempt a cross-border abduction similar to that which launched the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

IDF troops are searching the area of Zarit for indications of a terrorist tunnel. There has been no information about an abduction thus far.

Mortar Shells Bombings on IDF Posts

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

IDF posts on Mount Hermon and Har-Dov have sustained mortar shell bombings fired from Lebanon at 1:00 PM Wednesday afternoon. No injuries and casualties were reported. Tourists on the ski site of Mount Hermon were evacuated to safety.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, attending a ceremony in Sderot near the Gaza border, commented on the events unfolding in Israel’s northern border on Wednesday, saying “At this very moment, the IDF is retaliating against the attack on Israel’s northern border. I urge those who want to challenge our security, to take a look at the Gaza-Strip. and the events that occurred there during the last summer.”

“Hamas suffered heavy blows, the heaviest since his establishment. The IDF is ready to project power on all fronts,” said the Israeli prime minister.

Tank Missile Fired from Southern Lebanon Wounds IDF Soldiers

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Israeli soldiers were wounded on the Israeli-Lebanese border, by an Anti-Tank Missile shot at an IDF convoy.

The incident occurred around 11 AM, in the Har-Dov area, in proximity to the Arab village of Ghajar. The IDF is looking into the possibility that the missile shooting was part of a hijacking attempt.

According to initial report, at least one soldier is critically wounded.

The residents of two border adjacent Kibbutzim, Dafna and Kfar Giladi were instructed to remain at home.

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