Terror attack averted on Lebanese border
Soldiers spot explosives during patrol in the north; no casualties; senior officer: Hezbollah planted the bomb.
A wide-scale terror attack was averted late Sunday in the Har Dov area on the Lebanese border. Israel Defense Forces troops who were on a routine patrol in the area spotted explosives, and moved away from the bomb. The device blew up almost immediately, but caused no casualties.
A senior officer in the Northern Command told Haaretz Sunday night that Hezbollah was behind the planned attack. He praised the vigilance of the forces and the professionalism they showed in preventing the attack. It appears that the explosives were detonated from afar by Hezbollah men, who were looking on from both sides of the border.
The IDF is examining whether there is a connection between the attempted attack and Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah's threats Friday to forcefully pressure Israel to free Lebanese prisoners. Nasrallah rejected Israel's demands to exchange the release of prisoner Samir Kuntar for information regarding the fate of missing Israel Air Force navigator Ron Arad.