Hezbollah vows retaliation after IAF airstrike in Lebanon

Israeli air strike over Damascus

Hezbollah has vowed to retaliate after accusing Israel of launching an air strike at one of its positions near the border with Syria this week. The attack on Monday, which Israel has not acknowledged, would be the first inside Lebanese territory since the start of the Syrian conflict three years ago.

There was material damage but no casualties, according to a Hezbollah statement. Israel has fired artillery across the border and carried out similar air strikes inside Syria, targeting suspected weapons shipments believed to be bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Hezbollah, a Shia militant group allied to President Bashar al-Assad, has been fighting alongside Syrian government troops near the border and has lost at least several hundred fighters during the conflict.

The reported attack was initially met with silence by Lebanese and Hezbollah officials. But on Wednesday, Hezbollah claimed it took place near the eastern Lebanese village of Janta. It denied media reports that any artillery or rocket positions had been hit. theguardian.com

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