Incident Summary:

08/17/1999: Hizballah launched a raid against Israeli forces in an undisclosed area in southern Lebanon. Two soldiers and three members of Hizballah were killed and five soldiers were injured in the attack. Hizballah Vice President Sheik Naim Qassem said the attack was in retaliation for the killing of a Hizballah commander. Israel responded to the raid by launching two missile strikes against suspected Hizballah positions inside the security zone.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israeli Security Forces
Specific Description Israeli Defence Forces in southern Lebanon
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The raid came a day after a Hizballah commander was assassinated in Lebanon.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hezbollah Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Guerrillas kill 2 Israeli soldiers in Lebanon; Fighting follows killing of Hezbollah commander,” The Baltimore Sun, August 18, 1999.
“Hizballah Attacks Israeli Forces,” Facts on File World News Digest, August 19, 1999.