World Bulletin / News Desk
Israeli troops shot two Hezbollah fighters who tried to plant a bomb near the fence between the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Syrian-held territory on Wednesday, the army said.
An army spokeswoman said Israeli intelligence had identified the men as members of Hezbollah, a Lebanese militia which is helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fight a civil war. She had no immediate word on their condition.
"Our forces have detected a while ago a cell of saboteurs from Hezbollah that was trying to plant an explosive charge near the border fence in the north of Golan Heights, and targeted it with artillery shells and infantry fire," army spokesman Avichay Adraee said on Twitter.
Hezbollah is yet to comment on the Israeli spokesman's assertions.
Last week, however, Hezbollah accused Israel of bombing one of its bases near the Lebanon-Syria border and threatened to retaliate.
Israel did not confirm carrying out the air strike, in keeping with its official silence on at least three such attacks in the last year targeting suspected Hezbollah-bound weapons convoys from Syria. It said it would hold Beirut responsible for any Hezbollah reprisals from Lebanese turf.
In 1981, the self-proclaimed Jewish state officially annexed the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East War.
Syria has been in the throes of war since 2011, when a peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad escalated into an armed revolt following a violent government crackdown.
Lebanese group Hezbollah has sent fighters to fight alongside the regime troops against armed opposition forces.Last Mod: 05 Mart 2014, 11:02