IDF "Restraint" as Some Galilee Residents Still in Shelters

The military reaction to Monday's Hizbullah offensive will remain restrained, barring any further escalation by the Lebanese terrorists.

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Nissan Ratzlav-Katz, | updated: 12:27

As of Tuesday afternoon, most upper Galilee residents had been allowed to leave their bomb shelters, with the exception of those in towns east of Ma'ayan Baruch, in the Galilee panhandle. The Israeli civilians were sent into their bomb shelters yesterday in the wake of a large-scale, multi-pronged Hizbullah attack across Israel's northern border, which included the shelling of civilian centers, infiltration and an attempted kidnapping. Eleven soldiers were injured in the clashes, two of them seriously, and four terrorists were killed.

The IDF subsequently launched an air strike against a Hizbullah command post and surrounding roads used by the terrorists in southern Lebanon. Security officials have decided against further retaliatory measures, preferring to "act with restraint", provided the Hizbullah carries out no further offensives.

Following the cross-border attacks, American State Department officials called upon Lebanon to take control of the situation and bring a halt to the terror attacks launched against Israel from southern Lebanon. America used the opportunity, however, to call upon Israel to exercise restraint in her response to the attacks.

In a press conference, Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz called the Hizbullah attacks "acts of war by Lebanon."

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora attempted to restore calm, the Albawaba news web site reported. On Monday night, Siniora met with representatives of the Hizbullah, with UN observers in southern Lebanon, and with US and French ambassadors.

The UN Security Council attempted and failed to draft a condemnation of the Hizbullah offensive Monday. A statement drafted by France condemned "military exchanges initiated by Hizbullah" and "Israeli violations of Lebanese air space." However, the United States sought to have the reference to Israel deleted, while Algeria objected to charging the Hizbullah with initiating the clashes, according to the Reuters news agency.