Israeli soldiers injured in
explosion along Lebanon border

Israel-Lebanon border. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)

Four Israeli soldiers were injured in an explosion along the Lebanese border overnight Tuesday, the circumstances of which remain unclear.


Lebanon’s state National News Agency reported that four Israeli soldiers were injured at dawn Wednesday in a landmine blast after they entered 150 meters into Lebanese territory near Labouneh, an area south of Naqoura.


Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television, in turn, cited a security source as saying that blood was found near a hole caused by the explosion on a paved road near Labouneh.


The Israeli YNet News outlet said that four soldiers on Tuesday night were “injured lightly to moderately following an explosion along the northern border during military operations.”


Meanwhile, an IDF spokesperson told AFP that the troops were "carrying out nocturnal activities in the Lebanese border area when the explosion occurred."


He did not specify the cause of the blast or say whether it was inside Lebanese or Israeli territory.


However, Lebanon's army said the soldiers were operating 400 meters inside Lebanese territory.


"An infantry patrol of the Israeli enemy penetrated 400 meters inside Lebanon in the Labouneh area at 00:24 local time," a statement said.


"An explosion took place and the soldiers were wounded, with blood found at the scene. A military committee has opened an investigation in coordination with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon," it said.


Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour strongly condemned the Israeli violation and said that his ministry would file a complaint against Israel before the United Nations Security Council.


“The explosion that struck the violating Israeli soldiers reveals once again the hidden intentions of the Israeli enemy through its incursion of the Lebanese soil, which constitutes a flagrant violation against Lebanon’s sovereignty and International Resolution 1701,” the NNA quoted Mansour as saying.

An Israeli army vehicle patrols the Israeli-Lebanese border. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)

The incident is under investigation.