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Hezbollah’s operation against Israeli army at border under way

Lebanese sources tell Reuters the operation was launched in response to an Israeli attack in Syria in which a Hezbollah fighter was killed last week.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah group has carried out an operation against the Israeli army in the occupied Shebaa Farms area at the Lebanese-Israeli border, Lebanese sources familiar with the operation have said.

The operation on Monday was launched in response to an Israeli attack in Syria in which a Hezbollah fighter was killed last week, one of the sources said.

Hezbollah fired a guided missile at an Israeli vehicle in an attack in the Shebaa Farms area, a Lebanese source familiar with the operation said.

The Israeli army said it’s engaged in “ongoing combat” on the northern border.

The Israeli military shelled Kfar Shuba town in Lebanon, in the vicinity of the Ruwaysat al Alam area inside the occupied Shebaa Farms, a Lebanese official agency said.

A Reuters witness in Lebanon counted dozens of Israeli shells hitting the Shebaa Farms area, landing near an Israeli position. Fires were burning and smoke was rising from the area.

Israel orders residents to stay indoors

There was no immediate official comment on the nature of the fighting, but a Lebanese TV station loyal to the Shia group said Israel had been shelling targets across the border.

“Ongoing combat in the Mount Dov area, northern Israel,” Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said on Twitter, referring to the area claimed by Lebanon that the United Nations considers part of Syria’s Golan Heights occupied by Israel.

Israel’s army ordered all residents along the Blue Line that separates Israel and Lebanon to stay indoors.

“Any kind of activity in open areas is forbidden,” it said.

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