Israel’s warplanes strike south Lebanon

An Israeli F-16 I fighter jet takes off during an air show. (Photo: AFP – Jack Guez)

Israeli warplanes struck south Lebanon on Monday afternoon in a rare attack on the country since Israel’s war on Lebanon in 2006, the National News Agency confirmed.

Israeli jets fired an air-to-surface missile a spying device it had planted in a valley between the villages of al-Zrariyeh and Tair Filsay, near the Litani River, after it was discovered by Hezbollah, the NNA said.

A brief Hezbollah statement confirmed an explosion hit one of its communication lines in south Lebanon, but said it was not an airstrike, nor did they state if an Israeli tapping device was its target.

“The enemy planted this explosive device which was exploded remotely on the communication line that belongs to Hezbollah,” the statement said.

The Lebanese army is said to be deploying to the area after the Israeli assault, as the region is outside of the border zone patrolled by the UNIFIL force.

UNIFIL spokesperson Andrea Tenenti said they were investigating the strike, but could not confirm as yet.

“We have people on the ground at the moment following up on this report,” he told Al-Akhbar.

Israeli jets were still violating Lebanese airspace as of 4:00pm, according to the NNA.

(Al-Akhbar, NNA)

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