Hezbollah sends Israel 'message for calm': Sources

JERUSALEM – The Lebanese Hezbollah group has sent a message for calm to Israel, following the killing of two Israeli soldiers in an attack in Israel-occupied Shebaa Farms, Israeli sources have said.

Hezbollah sent the message to Israel through the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) that the Lebanese group was not seeking to escalate the situation, the sources were quoted as saying by Yediot Aharonot newspaper.

Earlier Wednesday, Hezbollah claimed responsibility for killing two Israeli soldiers and wounding seven others in Shebaa Farms during an attack on an Israeli military convoy.

The Lebanese group said the Shebaa Farms attack had been in retaliation for the death of six of its fighters – along with six Iranians – in a recent drone strike in Syria.

The slain fighters had included two Hezbollah commanders and the son of Imad Mughniyah, a Hezbollah leader killed by a car bomb in Syria in 2008.

So far, Hezbollah has not issued an official note about the reported "message for clam." Israel has not officially talked about it either.

For over two years, Hezbollah has been openly engaged in the conflict in Syria, where it continues to fight alongside Syrian regime forces.

In 2006, Israel and Hezbollah fought a 34-day war in which more than 1,200 Lebanese – mostly civilians – were killed.

In the same conflict, 160 Israelis – mostly soldiers – lost their lives.

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