Daily Israel Report

Tense Quiet Along Northern Border

Northern residents have been allowed out of their bomb shelters, after Sunday’s Hizbullah shelling/gunfire attacks that led to the fiercest fighting there since Israel's withdrawal six years ago.
By Yechiel Spira and Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 5/29/2006, 7:53 AM / Last Update: 5/29/2006, 6:00 AM

Two IDF soldiers were injured in Sunday’s Hizbullah attacks across the Lebanese border. The condition of one of them worsened last night, and he is now listed in serious but stable condition in Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center. A second soldier was lightly wounded.

Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Sunday that Israel is seeking calm along the border, and will do nothing to escalate the situation. The senior minister added that the violation of Israel’s sovereign border will not be tolerated, and everything will be done to protect northern area residents.

Foreign Ministry officials announced that Israel will turn to the United Nations Security Council with an official complaint against Hizbullah's aggression.

The IDF's Galilee Formation Commander Brig.-Gen. Gal Hirsch said that Israel was ready for the attack, and responded with a barrage that destroyed many Hizbullah forward and second-line outposts, and killed many terrorists.

The Hizbullah attack began Sunday morning when the terrorists fired 120mm Katyusha rockets into Israel. One of the rockets hit an army base on Mount Meron, west of Tzfat (Safed) - the furthest south a Lebanese-fired Katyusha rocket has ever hit. The rockets were followed by more widespread fire during the day, leading to the air force retaliation.

On Monday, the heightened alert status along the border continues, with a tense quiet prevailing as residents spent an uneventful night. Troops along the border on Mount Dov and other areas remain on alert. Peretz has called upon the Government of Lebanon to take control and halt the attacks.

Military intelligence warns that in all likelihood, Hizbullah will renew shelling attacks on Monday.