Israel says exchange of fire with Hezbollah likely over

Smoke rises from shells fired from Israel in Maroun Al-Ras village, near the border with Israel, in southern Lebanon. (Reuters)

Israel’s military said an exchange of fire with Hezbollah along its border with Lebanon on Sunday was likely over and there were no Israeli casualties despite damage on the Israeli side.

“The tactical event near Avivim, the exchange of fire, is most likely over,” Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists, adding that a military ambulance was hit in the escalation.

Israel and Hezbollah exchanged fire along the Lebanese border on Sunday after a week of rising tensions, but no casualties were reported following the brief flare-up and UN officials immediately urged restraint.

Israel said it responded with around 100 artillery shells after Hezbollah fired two or three anti-tank missiles at a battalion headquarters and military ambulance, hitting both.

Israeli officials refuted Hezbollah claims that it had killed and wounded those inside the military vehicle, saying there were no casualties.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54