VIDEO - Cleared for publication: Three IDF soldiers were killed Wednesday during a Hizbullah raid on Israel's northern border, during which two soldiers were kidnapped by the terorr group. Four other soldiers were killed as an IDF tank drove over a roadside bomb during the search for the kidnappers.
On Tuesday night, IDF soldiers launched an operation in the former settlement of Gush Katif, while in the afternoon the forces were already operating inside Lebanon – six years after the withdrawal.
On Lebanese territory the IDF conducted a ground chase after the kidnappers of the two soldiers, who were taken by Hizbullah members during the heavy fire. Simultaneously, Lebanese territory is being bombed using tanks, shells, planes and missile ships. Hizbullah declared that it people "destroyed" a tank which attempted to cross the border and operate on Lebanese territory.
Lebanon wreckage (Photo: Reuters)
During the operation, the Israel Air Force struck a bridge and several infrastructures inside Lebanon. Lebanese media reported that due to the blasts, the Lebanese army was preventing residents from entering the city of Tyre. At least two Lebanese residents were reported dead in one of the strikes.
|Announcement on Hizbullah television (Video: Al-Manar)|
The abduction occurred Wednesday morning. Under loud explosions, which "rocked" the entire region, RPG shells were fired at an IDF Hummer jeep. Blood stains and a breach in the fence were discovered in the area.
Hizbullah even had a concrete offer, which binds the two kidnapping affairs – in the north and in the south: A release of the three kidnapped soldiers, including Corporal Gilad Shalit, in exchange for the release of thousands of prisoners, including Lebanese prisoners who are still held by Israel.
Meanwhile, Operation Summer Rains in the Gaza Strip, which was divided into two, continued. On Wednesday afternoon, a group of gunmen was attacked near the former settlement of Kfar Darom. Several terrorists were hurt in the strike.
News agencies and Roee Nahmias contributed to the report