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Map of the confrontation, September 1 2019

The Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist organization attacked northern Israel on Sunday afternoon, launching a simultaneous anti-tank missile attack on an Israel Defense Forces army base and several IDF military vehicles near the community of Moshav Avivim, located less than one kilometer from the Blue Line with Lebanon.

The IDF Spokesperson said no injuries and deaths were reported in the attack, according to TPS.

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The Israel Defense Force destroyed the terrorist cell that launched the missiles, according to a report by Sky News, broadcast via Israel’s Channel 1 television news.

UPDATE: As of 6:18 pm, the IDF removed some of the security-related restrictions in the north. Fire appeared to have ceased between the two sides, TPS reported.

Lebanese media reported the IDF shelled an area near the Lebanese border town of Maroun al-Ras. Areas on Mt. Dov went up in flames due to Israeli artillery fire as well, according to local sources.

The IDF returned fire at the sources of the shooting. “A short while ago, fires broke out in the Lebanese border area. The fires originate with operations by our forces in the area,” the IDF said.

“Hezbollah just took responsibility for firing anti-tank missiles from Lebanon towards IDF military vehicles,” said Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Hezbollah’s terrorist activities jeopardize the security of civilians in Israel, Lebanon and the entire region. Israel will take all measures necessary to protect its citizens.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.