IDF shells Hizbollah positions in South Lebanon this afternoon (July 12)
Responding to a serious Hizbolla attack on Israel's northern border, which involved the kidnapping of 2 IDF soldiers, and the subsequent critical wounding of 3 IDF soldiers and an additional 8 were hurt - IDF ground forces have entered South Lebanon combined with IAF warplanes targeting Lebanese targets.
An IDF tank was targeted by a bomb, and there are reported casulties there as well.
Update being recalled due to military censor.
Additional Update: Despite heavy IDF censorship concerning the reporting of the death of 8 IDF soldiers, including the tank crew, the news now appears on different websites, so I'm putting this post back up. My source was not military, but civilian, so I'm not that concerned. (I woudln't have posted a military news item)
Update: 2:00 PM. Foreign News services reporting the 2 kidnapped IDF soldiers are of Druze origin. (not that it should make a bit of difference!)
Update: 4:18 PM Hizbollah mortar shell lands on Northern Border, wounding 3 IDF soldiers.
Update: 5:42 PM Hizbolla Katyusha rockets rain down on Western Galil near Meiron. So far, IDF confirms 3 deaths in attack this morning. No official confirmation yet as to the tank incident (and allegedly the tank crew was killed -- 4 soldiers). Total count could be 7 instead of 8.
Update: 9:13 PM Kiryat Shmona and other northern Israel communities ordered into bomb shelters. Official number of killed IDF soldiers stands at 7, plus 2 kidnapped soldiers (one Druze, one Jewish). Ongoing firefight into South Lebanon as Israel continues to attempt to extricate it's Merkava tank, and bodies of the tank crew. IDF has issued "tzav 8" emergency callup orders for IDF reservists. Hizbolla announces that it is proposing an immediate "cease-fire" so that Israel can start negotiating the return of the 2 soldiers, plus Gilad Shalit, -- in exchange for thousands of Palestinian terrorists. Hizbollah leader Nasralla warned that Israel will face sever consequences if they continue with a military offensive (note: Hizbolla has hundreds of long range rockets capable of hitting central Israel from their postitions in Lebanon)
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