By Yotam Rozenwald
Tazpit News Agency
Two IDF soldiers were killed and seven were injured today in a terror missile attack that occurred around noon, near Mt. Dov close the Israel’s’ northern border.
The casualties are Major Yohai Kalangel, 25 years old, from Gush-Etzion and Staff Sergeant Dor Nini, 20 years old from Shtulim. Both soldiers were from the Tzabar Battalion of the Givati Brigade.
A source within the IDF spoke to Tazpit News Agency about the exact whereabouts of the attack. “The soldiers were part of an IDF convoy that was using a civilian road, one that hundreds of civilians use on a daily basis. They were not patrolling the border fence,” he told Tazpit.
The attack took place near Ghajar, an Arab village on the Israeli-Lebanese border. Hezbollah took responsibility for the attack and stated it was a retaliatory action for the bombing of the joint Iranian-Hezbollah convoy, which took place on Syrian territory on January 18, 2015.
In the attack, Hezbollah fired five missiles, probably “Kornet” Anti-Tank missile, at two IDF vehicles moving on a civilian road, in close proximity to the Israeli-Lebanese border.
Another attack took place today when IDF posts on Mt. Hermon and Mt. Dov sustained mortar shell bombings fired from Lebanon around 1:00 PM. No one was injured in the attack.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu published an official response, “Those who orchestrated this attack will pay the price for their actions. For some time now, Iran via Hezbollah is trying to set up a terror front against Israel on the Golan Heights. We are acting firmly and responsibly against this attempt. The Lebanese government and the Assad regime are responsible for the attacks against Israel originating from their territories.”
“Our goal is to protect the state of Israel, and the sole consideration is the security of its civilians,” said Netanyahu.