Increasing Attacks on Israel's Northern Border

(IHS Jane's) Nicholas Blanford - Israel's northern border with Lebanon and Syria, which since summer 2006 has experienced its most sustained period of calm in four decades, witnessed a spike in low-level attacks against Israel Defense Forces targets during a 19-day period in early March, likely conducted by Hizbullah. The most significant incident occurred on 14 March, when two IEDs exploded simultaneously, targeting an IDF jeep approximately 900 meters inside the Shebaa Farms. Hizbullah is the only militant faction in Lebanon with the experience and expertise to carry out such an attack. On 18 March, an IED packed with anti-personnel steel balls exploded beside the Israeli security fence south of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, wounding four IDF soldiers, one of them seriously. The recent spate of hostilities will not dissuade Israel from its policy of striking arms consignments destined for Hizbullah.

2014-04-25 00:00:00

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