New clashes at the Israel-Lebanon border
(30 January 2015)
An exchange of fire between Hezbollah militants and Israeli soldiers along the border between Israel and Lebanon left two Israeli soldiers and a United Nations (UN) peacekeeper dead, BBC News reports. The casualties prompted France to call an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council where assistant secretary-general for UN peacekeeping operations Edmond Mulet will brief Security Council members.
The incident began when Hezbollah launched anti-tank missiles near Mt. Dov, close to the area where the borders of Israel, Lebanon, and Syria intersect. Hezbollah claimed that the attack was in response to an Israeli air strike that killed seven people in Golan Heights earlier in January. The anti-tank missiles were accompanied by mortars near Mt. Hermon, forcing Israeli soldiers to evacuate civilians from a nearby ski resort. Israel responded with aerial and ground attacks near the border, including at least 50 artillery shells aimed at villages in southern Lebanon.
The clash prompted comparisons to the Hezbollah-Israel war of 2006, which lasted one month. The BBC quoted a senior UN official in Lebanon who encouraged both sides to use “maximum restraint to prevent an escalation.”
Three killed as Israel and Hezbollah clash on Lebanese border, 28 January 2015, BBC News, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31015862
Deadly border clashes stoke fears of war in Israel, Lebanon, 28 Jaunary 2015, by William Booth and Hugh Naylor of The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-and-lebanons-hezbollah-trade-fire-across-border-casualties-reported/2015/01/28/dd9a6b68-a6e0-11e4-a2b2-776095f393b2_story.html