No Quiet on the Northern Front (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 05/22/05)
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Hizbullah terrorists pounded the Har Dov area on the Lebanese border
with mortar shells yesterday. Israel had earlier fired warning shots,
after an Arab shepherd entered Israel. No one was hurt.
Israeli military officials said Hizbullah often sends shepherds into
Israel as a provocation "in order to escalate the border conflict."
Soldiers shot over the head of the shepherd as a warning not to
advance through the highly sensitive security zone. Hizbullah
responded yesterday afternoon by launching eight mortar shells, six
of which fell near the Gladiola military outpost. The Air Force
immediately sent helicopter gun ships to patrol the area from the
air, and artillery units fired at Hizbullah positions.
Lebanese terrorists claimed that Israeli soldiers had fired at three
houses across the border.
Hizbullah also attacked the Har Dov area last week, and IDF Northern
Commander Maj.-Gen. Benny Gantz said he expects similar incursions at
least until the Lebanese elections, scheduled in the next several
Ten days ago, Hizbullah fired rockets on the Israeli community of
Shlomi during evening Independence Day celebrations, and also
attacked Har Dov the following day. The attack on Shlomi caused heavy
damage to a bakery, but no one was hurt.
Military sources said the terrorists want an excuse to fire at
Israeli positions in order to win popularity with voters. They
estimated that Hizbullah is not interested in a major battle with the
Israeli politicians and analysts are commemorating the fifth
anniversary this week of the IDF´s rushed retreat from Lebanon. It is
widely agreed that though the pullout has led to relative quiet on
the northern front, it also enabled Hizbullah´s build-up of arms and
rocket-launching stations along the border, and provided
encouragement and stimulus for the Oslo War. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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