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Israel claims to hit 2 Hezbollah fighters on Syria border

March 5, 2014 11:43 A.M. (Updated: March 6, 2014 4:43 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel's army said Wednesday it struck two members of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah as they tried to plant a bomb near the Israeli-Syrian border.

"Earlier today, two Hezbollah-affiliated terrorists were identified attempting to plant an explosive device near the Israel-Syria border in the northern Golan Heights. IDF (Israeli army) forces ... fired towards the suspects (and) hits were identified," the army said in a statement.

The army did not specify what weapons were used to fire at the suspected Hezbollah members.

The incident came just over a week after reports that Israeli warplanes bombarded a Hezbollah position on the Lebanese-Syrian border.

Israel neither confirmed nor denied carrying out the two Feb. 24 strikes, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying Israel would do "everything necessary" for its own security.

Hezbollah threatened to retaliate for what was the first reported Israeli air raid on a position of the Shiite movement inside Lebanon since a 2006 war between them.

Israel is bent on halting any transfer of weapons to its arch-enemy Hezbollah, which has sent thousands of fighters across the border to aid Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime as it battles Sunni-led rebels.

Syria has long provided arms and other aid to Hezbollah, and served as a conduit for Iranian military aid to the movement, which battled Israel to a bloody stalemate in a 2006 war.

Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in 1981, in a move never recognized by the international community.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.

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