Report: Israeli Warplanes Strike Espionage Facility in South Lebanon

Lebanese TV station LBC says jet fighters targeted device near town of Zrariye; incident represents rare disturbance along the border, which had remained mostly quiet since 2006 war.

Israeli fighter jets struck an espionage facility in southern Lebanon, Lebanese TV outlet LBC reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, the warplanes attacked a suspected wiretapping facility near the Lebanese town of Zrariye.

Hezbollah, on its part, claimed that the explosion occurred after Israeli forces positioned an explosive device near one of the militia group's communication lines after Israeli forces found out that the Lebanese militia detected the device.

The reported incident represents a relative rarity along the Israeli-Lebanese border, which had remained mostly quiet since 2006's Second Lebanon War between Israel and Hezbollah.

Late last year, Lebanese media reported that two people were wounded in a blast that occurred in the south of the country, between the towns of Srifa and Deir Kifa.

According to some of the reports, the blast targeted espionage devices which were destroyed by Israel after being exposed by Hezbollah.

However, a different report suggested that there had been an explosion in a Hezbollah weapons cache, while others reported an accident in a nearby quarry.

A website associated with Hezbollah claimed that the organization had uncovered Israeli espionage equipment at the site of the blast, and that Israel managed to destroy it using drones.

Lebanon Now website reported at the time that Hezbollah members surrounded the scene of the blast and local police were called to the scene. The website added that Israeli drones were spotted in the vicinity.

Last week, an explosion occurred in the Hezbollah stronghold of Siddiqin in southern Lebanon. The blast apparently occurred at a large Hezbollah weapons depot.

Israeli Air Force F-16
Yuval Tebol