On Tuesday, August 25, at approximately 22:30 (Israel time), an IDF force engaged in routine activities near the village of Menara was fired upon from Lebanon.
No IDF casualties as a result of the shooting, IDF returned fire with shells at Hezbollah posts along the border from the Lebanese village of Merkava in the east to the village of Aita al-Shaab in the west. In the village of Itron, two houses and a goat barn were damaged.
Hezbollah’s “human shield” tactic is once again causing damage to civilian infrastructure!!
It is possible that IDF’s response along the border, and not only at the location of the shooting itself, prevented an attempt to carry out a parallel Hezbollah attack at another point.
During the incident, residents of the Menara, Margaliot, Misgav Am, Yiftach and Malkia were instructed to stay in their homes and near the shelters. Alma staff members living near the Lebanese border witnessed what happened.
Since the killing of a Hezbollah operative in Syria in mid-July and Hezbollah’s promises of revenge, three attempts have been made by Hezbollah: two from the Lebanese border and one from the Syrian border. All three attempts failed and were thwarted by IDF forces.
It seems that despite the great internal crisis in Lebanon and the explosion in Beirut, Hezbollah is interested in maintaining the tension along the border. Hezbollah is also interested in exhausting IDF by keeping it on high alert.
In our opinion, yesterday’s failure will most likely motivate Hezbollah to make another attempt. It is also possible that the failures are attempts to deceit IDF before a major act of revenge in which Hezbollah does not intend to fail.