Hizbullah fired mortar shells at IDF posts on Mount Dov Monday. One person was lightly wounded in the barrage according to ZAKA officials.
IDF artillery units returned fire.
On Sunday, the IDF went on higher operational alert along the northern border after “irregular” actions by Hizbullah guerrillas.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon convened an urgent situation assessment with Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and top IDF brass on Sunday night to discuss the troubling Hizbullah behavior. The situation with Syria and Lebanon was also discussed, government sources said.
According to the sources, Hizbullah has been detected taking unusual steps near Mount Dov, which intelligence officers here interpret as preparations by the Iranian-backed group to stage a “quality attack,” like kidnapping soldiers.
The Northern Command has ordered its troops in the vicinity to take precautionary measures to deal with the warnings, military sources said.
Shortly after the meeting, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz issued a public warning to Lebanon to take responsibility for its country. “The reality of today is one where the government of Lebanon is allowing armed militias to operate,” Halutz said.
“Our address is the government of Lebanon. We won’t be dealing with any organizations and not point a finger at the sovereign state and the people who are leading it and demand that they fulfill their basic obligation and control what is happening in their country,” Halutz said in a lecture at Tel Aviv University.
“Hizbullah is scrambling things up on the northern border at this moment.
Hizbullah understands that it is playing with fire, but this is because the firefighters in Lebanon aren’t working. These firefighters are the government of Lebanon and no one else.”
Halutz also said that Syria was aiding Hizbullah both directly by arming them and indirectly by “synchronizing” their actions.
Meanwhile, Jerusalem police went on a heightened state of alert Sunday night amid an accumulation of intelligence warnings over an impending Palestinian terror attack in the city, police said. However, the alert was lifted later in the night.