15th anniversary of cross-border raid that sparked conflict

Hezbollah airs new footage from 2006 attack that triggered Second Lebanon War

Terror group releases previously unseen video of operatives moving through wooded border area and carrying out deadly bombing of IDF patrol vehicle, then taking 2 hostages

Footage aired by Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar on July 12, 2021, shows the attack on an IDF jeep on July 12, 2006 that sparked the Second Lebanon War. (Screen grab)
Footage aired by Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar on July 12, 2021, shows the attack on an IDF jeep on July 12, 2006 that sparked the Second Lebanon War. (Screen grab)

On the 15th anniversary of the start of the Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah on Monday released previously unseen footage from the 2006 border attack on Israeli soldiers that sparked the armed conflict.

The footage broadcast by the al-Manar outlet associated with Hezbollah shows the terror group members moving through a wooded area near the border before the attack on a jeep used by patrolling Israeli troops.

The Hezbollah operatives then head to the vehicle, surround it, and drag out Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, then flee with the hostages back across the border and load their bodies onto a vehicle.

Three other soldiers were killed in the attack and five more IDF troops were killed shortly thereafter in a failed Israeli rescue attempt.

Goldwasser and Regev were assumed by Israeli authorities to have been killed in the initial attack, but their bodies were not returned until 2008. The footage released Monday was the first time the capture of the Israelis was shown.

The clip was released on Monday as Hezbollah, an Iran-backed terror group, attempts to assert itself amid Lebanon’s spiraling economic crisis.

Hezbollah has broadcast footage from the attack in the past, including in 2018 when the terror group released footage that appeared to show the moments after the assault

In 2016, al-Mayadeen, a television channel affiliated with the Shiite terror organization, aired a three-episode documentary series commemorating the war’s 10-year anniversary. It included footage of Hezbollah fighters training for the attack.

Tens of thousands of Israelis attend a 2006 rally in Tel Aviv for soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. (Flash90)

Hezbollah also released videos in 2007 and 2012, including footage from the attack and audio from the IDF’s communications that day.

The video released in 2012 included the part of the raid in which Hezbollah fighters opened fire on the IDF Humvee and crossed the border into Israeli territory. The clip ended just as the Hezbollah commandos reach the ruined vehicle.

The 34-day war, which saw thousands of Hezbollah rockets pummel northern towns, claimed the lives of 165 Israelis, including 44 civilians. Over 1,100 Lebanese, including both Hezbollah fighters and civilians, were killed.

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