Exchanges of fire between Israel Defense Forces soldiers and Hizbullah gunmen resumed Friday afternoon in the southern Lebanese village of Bint Jbeil. Six IDF troops were lightly to moderately injured during the battles.
At least 26 terrorists were killed in the fighting. Terrorists who attempted to infiltrate an area secured by paratroopers were killed in the course of fire exchanges. The gunmen also fired a mortar shell at the troops.
During the operation the troops targeted and destroyed various arms, including five antitank missile, 30 grenades, 41 magazines and three motorcycles that were in use by the terrorists. Additionally, 20 guns, 15 pistols, a mine detector, four hunting guns and materials used for preparing explosive devices wee uncovered in the area.
IDF officials said that the operation in the region has not concluded, and that terrorists and terror infrastructure were still present in the area. "Although we had sustained losses, we have to remember that Hizbullah suffered losses as well. We have no plans to retreat, but rather to stay here and keep fighting," a Northern Command officer stated.
The clashes in "Hizbullah's capital" in recent days have claimed a heavy toll: Two days ago eight soldiers were killed and 22 had been injured during a battle with Hizbullah.
Military actions in Bint Jbeil and the neighboring village of Maroun al-Ras had claimed the lives of 18 soldiers since the onset of the Lebanon operation. Dozens more troops sustained injuries in the fighting.