On Sunday night, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon convened a special meeting of
senior military officials on the situation.
Senior Sharon advisor Raanan Gissen said afterward that Israel has no intention
of escalating the situation, but he added that the country will not tolerate
further attacks. He said Syria bears responsibility for not fulfilling a United
Nations resolution following the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon three
"It was Syria's responsibility to ensure that Lebanese troops deploy along
the border and that Hezbollah be removed form there and, as a matter of fact,
expelled from Lebanon as well as Syria, and that did not happen," Mr. Gissen
Israeli warplanes bombed Hezbollah positions in southern Lebanon Sunday,
after cross-border artillery fire from the guerrilla group killed an Israeli
teenager and wounded four others in the Israeli town, Shlomi.
Hezbollah said it fired anti-aircraft shells at Israeli warplanes that had
intruded into Lebanese airspace and was not targeting the town. Israeli military
officials said there were no Israeli aircraft in the area when the shelling
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan condemned Sunday's shelling and called
on governments with influence over Hezbollah to deter it from further actions
and urged Israel to exercise restraint. Both Iran and Syria back Hezbollah.
The Israeli air raid followed artillery exchanges Friday between Israel and
Hezbollah in the disputed Shebaa Farms border region. Shebaa Farms is occupied
by Israel and claimed by both Syria and Lebanon. The United Nations says the
area belongs to Syria and that Syria and Israel should negotiate its future.
Israel withdrew its forces from southern Lebanon in May 2000 following a