Israeli soldiers stand on top of a tank near Gaza
Israeli soldiers stand on top of a tank near GazaReuters File

Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for firing an anti-tank missile on an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) vehicle in the Har Dov area near the Lebanon border on Wednesday morning.

Unconfirmed reports claim that four IDF soldiers were injured in the rocket attack.

While the provocation for the attack remains unclear, early reports indicate that it could have been an attempt to kidnap IDF soldiers.

A report in Haaretz claimed that the attack took place shortly after the IDF troops started digging in the area in search of possible Hezbollah tunnels.

Following the rocket attack, IDF forces asked residents in the nearby city of Metuala and the surrounding kibbutzim to remain indoors.

Lebanese security officials said Israel fired 25 artillery shells into Lebanon near Mount Dov and Shebaa Farms, a disputed tract of land where the borders of Israel, Lebanon and Syria meet.

Israel has been on alert since its 18 January airstrike on a Hezbollah convoy in the Golan Heights killed an Iranian general, along with six Hezbollah fighters, including the son of the late Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh.

Reports indicate that the IDF troops began digging in the area looking for Hezbollah tunnels, after the local border residents of the area claimed that they heard suspicious noises around the mountains. 

The Israeli forces, however, have not found any tunnel in the area so far.