Israel suffered the worst casualties it has seen in years in a cunning Hizballah ambush in Bint Jbeil on Wednesday that left eight combat soldiers and one paratrooper dead and more than 22 wounded.
Hizballah terrorists set a trap geared up in night vision goggles and armed with machine guns and anti-tank missiles.
As Israeli troops moved through alleyways and entered 15 story buildings, Hizballah sent a wave of fire only beginning the battle. When the Israel Defense Forces repositioned themselves additional Hizballah forces attacked leading to a bloody six-hour battle in the “terrorist capital.”
Combat soldiers had to carry the bodies of the wounded for three kilometers (nearly 2 miles) in the midst of grenades and artillery fire before reaching helicopters which evacuated the wounded back to Israeli territory.
The IDF believes 15 Hizballah gunmen were killed in Wednesday’s fighting.
The Israeli cabinet met in a special meeting on Thursday to discuss the IDF’s request to extend ground operations in southern Lebanon. The cabinet is opposed to the idea and it appears they will not approve the request.