Hezbollah Airs New Footage of 2015 Attack Where Two Israeli Soldiers Were Killed

Video shows launch and impact of anti-tank missile at Israeli army vehicle in disputed border area

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Screengrab from footage of January 2015 incident along the Israel-Lebanon border, aired on Al Mayadeen on February 15, 2019.
Screengrab from footage of January 2015 incident along the Israel-Lebanon border, aired on Al Mayadeen on February 15, 2019.Credit: Al Mayadeen
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

A Hezbollah-aligned TV network aired on Friday a previously unseen video of a 2015 incident along the Israel-Lebanon border, where two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded after an anti-tank missile had been launched at their vehicle. A Spanish UN peacekeeper was also killed in the attack.

The video aired on Lebanese Al Mayadeen shows the launch of the missile and the moment of explosion in the disputed Har Dov area.

Video of 2015 Har Dov incident.Credit: Al Mayadeen

25-year-old Cap. Yochai Kalangel and 20-year-old Sgt. Dor Chaim Nini, both from the Givati Brigade, were killed in the attack, seen as Hezbollah's response to the assassination days earlier of Jihad Mughniyeh, son of slain Hezbollah military leader Imad Mughniyeh and the organization's Golan Heights commander, attributed to Israel.

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The video was made public as part of an investigative report on the incident, titled "Decisive Response," few days after the anniversary of the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh on February 12, 2008.

Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah have grown in recent months, as Iran-backed Hezbollah strengthened its hold in Lebanese government and the Israeli army completed Operation Northern Shield, which it launched in early December to destroy Hezbollah attack tunnels crossing into Israel from Lebanon.

Lebanon formed a new government last month headed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, after a nine-month vacuum that exacerbated the country's economic woes. Hezbollah has three ministers in the new government, reflecting the gains made by the powerful group in parliament elections held in May last year.

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