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Israel’s Olmert calls Hizbullah kidnapping of 2 soldiers “Act of War”

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, on Wednesday, called Hizbullah’s latest outrage “an act of war.” It appears that Hizbullah targeted a tank, and two IDF jeeps, patrolling Israel’s northern border, with Lebanon, killing seven soldiers and injuring several more when the tank struck a roadside bomb or land mine. Reports in Arutz Sheva state that emergency response to the targeted vehicles was delayed by fears the area, and perhaps the vehicles themselves, had been mined by the terrorists, and that when the emergency workers arrived, they found 2 of the IDF soldiers missing.

Details of the attack indicate that an army tank hit a land mine or a roadside bomb, trapping soldiers inside, in addition to a Hizbullah mortar shell that struck two Hammer jeeps. Rescue efforts were delayed because of fears that the area was mined with more explosives planted by the terrorists.

IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz stated that “the period of quiet” has ended for Hizbullah in Lebanon. Military sources said that the Israeli retaliation to the Hizbullah attack and apparent kidnapping of IDF soldiers will be extremely strong.

IDF forces are active inside Lebanon, searching for the kidnapped soldiers, and reservists are being called up, as this action basically opens up a second front from the actions of the past week or so in Gaza.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared during a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Wednesday afternoon that the Hizbullah attack was an “act of war” and not terror. He called it an unprovoked assault by a sovereign nation and held Lebanon, where Hizbullah has a minister in the government, fully responsible.

“Israel’s response will be restrained but very, very, very painful,” Olmert said.

The Defense Ministry confirmed early Wednesday afternoon that two IDF soldiers had been kidnapped by Hizbullah. IDF ground troops had been sent into Lebanon to search for the two. IAF jets, helicopters and UAVs were also flying above Lebanon searching for the soldiers. Simultaneously, Navy gunboats were shelling Hizbullah targets in Lebanon.

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July 12, 2006 - Posted by | Life and Ramblings

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