After Shebaa attack, Israel PM threatens Gaza-like scenario

JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday implicitly threatened to take military action along the country's northern border, saying that any group that sought to challenge Israel should learn a lesson from the embattled Gaza Strip.

"Everyone who is trying to challenge us in the northern borders, I recommend them to look what happened near from here in Gaza," Netanyahu said, according to Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

The Israeli army, for its part, closed the airports in Rosh Pina and Haifa due to security concerns.

At least four Israeli troops were injured in the Shebaa Farms region on Wednesday when their vehicle was struck by anti-tank missiles fired from southern Lebanon.

Lebanon's Hezbollah subsequently claimed responsibility for the attack.

Last summer, Israel launched a fierce military onslaught against the Gaza Strip that lasted for 51 days, with the stated aim of halting rocket fire from the coastal strip.

By the time the offensive ended on Aug. 26, more than 2,160 Gazans had been killed – mostly civilians – and some 11,000 injured.

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