Tamil Diplomat

Israel fires into Lebanon after missile strikes vehicle

An anti-tank missile hit an Israeli military vehicle near the Israeli-Lebanese border Wednesday, the Israeli military said. Lebanese security officials said Israel later fired 25 artillery shells into Lebanon.The military did not immediately report any casualties. The military said residents of the area have been ordered to remain in their homes.

Wednesday’s attack took place near Mount Dov and Shebaa Farms, a disputed tract of land where the borders of Israel, Lebanon and Syria meet.ebanese officials said the shelling targeted the border villages of Majidiyeh, Abbasiyeh and Kfar Chouba near the Shebaa Farms area.

There was no immediate word on casualties. officials based in southern Lebanon spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The attack comes after Israel launched airstrikes Wednesday targeting Syrian army artillery posts in response to rockets fired the previous day into the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

The border region has been tense since an airstrike last week in Syria attributed to Israel killed six members of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and an Iranian general.

Israel has declined to comment on any connection to the airstrike, but has braced for a response to the strike, beefing up its air defenses and increasing surveillance along its northern frontier.

Israel says the enclave is part of the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in 1967. Lebanon and Syria say Shebaa Farms belong to Lebanon, while the United Nations says the area is part of Syria and that Damascus and Israel should negotiate its fate.