At least 5 Kornet missiles fired in Hezbollah ambush of IDF soldiers

Targeted vehicles were two kilometers away from the Lebanese border.

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A preliminary investigation following the Hezbollah attack on Israeli military jeeps near the border with Lebanon on Wednesday revealed that terrorists with the Lebanese Shi’ite group launched anti-tank missiles from a distance of at least four kilometers.

The military vehicles travelled on a civilian road in the village of Ghajar two kilometers away from the border when they came under a heavy Hezbollah ambush, consisting of five to six Kornet missiles, a senior army source said. He estimated that the attackers were four to five kilometers away from the vehicles.

A military D-max vehicle was the first vehicle hit in the attack, prompting all of those inside an IDF jeep behind it to quickly evacuate the vehicle before it too was hit with missiles. The subsequent injuries came from military vehicles nearby.

The source stressed that the vehicles travelled on a road used jointly by military and civilian traffic, and that civilian cars were also in the vicinity of the attack. One house in the village was also struck by a missile in the attack.

“It’s too soon to draw conclusions about whether the vehicles should have been armored,” the source said. “We will investigate the incident.”

Two IDF soldiers were killed and seven were injured in the attack.

The IDF used artillery guns and tanks to fire at Hezbollah targets near the Lebanese border in the minutes following in the incident. One Spanish UN peacekeeper was killed in the Israeli return fire, and Israel has apologized for the incident, the source said. “We regret the incident and are in touch with the United Nations,” he added.

“We are continuing to manage this, and remain on very high alert,” said the officer.

January 29, 2015 | 7 Comments »

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  1. NormanF Said:

    An even bigger mystery why Israel has not created a security buffer on the Lebanese side of the border? Israel does not allow Hamas to perch right on the border but it grants Hezbollah that privilege.

    Two Israeli soldiers died due to the politicians and military brass decision not to offend Iran and Hezbollah.

    This is not too much different that riding the public bus in Tel Aviv. The authorities , apparently suffer from Yamitism., That is to say they tell the rank and file not to be paranoid and just to dial “100” when in trouble. This is the consequence of fearful minds that do not have the mental strength to contemplate the realities of threats and defense.

  2. @ SHmuel HaLevi 2:

    I’m amazed the military brass allowed the troops to travel in unprotected vehicles in a dangerous sector in view of the enemy’s capabilities.

    In a normal country, they would be court-martialed for dereliction of duty and dismissed from their posts but that won’t happen in Israel.

    They will go right on endangering the troops and pretending to be surprised Hezbollah has capabilities they don’t know about.

  3. An even bigger mystery why Israel has not created a security buffer on the Lebanese side of the border? Israel does not allow Hamas to perch right on the border but it grants Hezbollah that privilege.

    Two Israeli soldiers died due to the politicians and military brass decision not to offend Iran and Hezbollah.

    That was deemed more important than protecting the lives of Israeli troops and civilians.

  4. OK. But why were those vehicles devoid of proper shields if at all they were fit to be used there otherwise?
    I presume that our generals know that the enemy has AT rockets, do they?
    It is not by far the first time that the commanders do endanger field people by allowing the use of unfit equipment.