A pair of explosions along the Israel-Lebanon border on Tuesday wounded two Israeli soldiers patrolling the area, and significantly raised tensions between the two neighbors.
Israel responded to the incident with heavy artillery fire at terrorist positions in southern Lebanon.
Credit for the border attack was claimed by Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist militia, which said it was responding to last month’s death of Hezbollah operative Ali Hassan Haidar, which the group blames on Israel.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that while Hezbollah might have planted and detonated the bombs used in the border attack, ultimate responsibility lies with the government of Lebanon.
The incident follows a brief skirmish between Israeli and Lebanese soldiers on Sunday. The Lebanese gunmen crossed briefly into Israel, possibly unintentionally, and were immediately engaged by Israeli forces.
With the sudden rise in violence along the border, tensions are running high, as are fears of a new war between Israel and Hezbollah.