Two soldiers killed, 7 wounded in Hezbollah attack near Lebanon border

Two soldiers killed, 7 wounded in Hezbollah attack near Lebanon border
News from Haaretz:

Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded on Wednesday morning, after an anti-tank missile struck an Israel Defense Forces vehicle in the Har Dov area near the Lebanon border, as mortar shells were fired at nearby areas.

IDF forces responded with artilley fire, shelling several targets in southern Lebanon. A Spanish UNIFIL soldier was killed in the strikes.

According to messages relayed between Hezbollah and Israel through UNIFIL it appears that the two sides wish to avoid further escalation.

In a message relayed to Israel from Hezbollah through UNIFIL, it was passed along that Hezbollah considers the attack an adequate retaliation to the airstrike in Syria last week, attributed to Israel, that killed seven Hezbollah operatives.

The Israeli side is still holding consultations, but at this stage, it appears Israel does not wish further escalation. 

The wounded IDF troops were being treated at the Sieff Hospital in Safed and the Rambam Hospital in Haifa. Three suffered light to moderate wounds, and the rest were lightly wounded. The IDF said that no soldier had been kidnapped, despite earlier reports. 

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ISIS releases purported message extending deadline for Japanese hostage
News from Fox News:

DEVELOPING: The Islamic State group released a message purportedly by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto on Thursday, extending the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to Al Qaeda.

The audio recording, in English, says the Jordanians must present Sajida al-Rishawi at the Turkish border by sunset Thursday, or Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh will be killed.

The recording, distributed on Twitter by IS-affiliated accounts, appeared to be more rushed than two previous ones purportedly from Goto, which showed a photo of him along with the audio recording, The Associated Press reported.

Thursday’s recording contained only the audio, with an image of Arabic text that was an exact translation of the statement.

The Associated Press could not independently verify the contents of the recording.

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Jordan agreed Wednesday to an ISIS demand for the release of a female jihadist, in a move that could free a Jordanian pilot captured in Syria — but it also left in doubt the fa…………… continues on Fox News

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