BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces bombed a target in southern Lebanon on Friday hours after an explosive device was detonated on the border, the Israeli military said.
Israeli forces reported that they fired towards Hizbullah "terror infrastructure" in southern Lebanon and confirmed a hit on Friday around 8 p.m.
Israeli news website Ynet reported that Israeli forced launched fire from two locations: "tanks deployed in the northern town of Metula which targeted outposts in southern Lebanon and artillery units which arrived on scene and launched artillery rounds on areas near the border."
The strike comes just over an hour after Israeli forces said a "concealed explosive device" was activated against Israeli forces who were on the border.
Ynet reported that three soldiers "who were in the humvee targeted by an explosive device near the border with Lebanon have been evacuated to the Ziv Medical Center in Safed," and would be "screened for injuries related to the blast."
They said that the patrol included "several reconnaissance vehicles."
The site quoted a senior military official as saying that "Hezbollah was involved and Hezbollah will be hurt."
The site added that Israeli forces had "rejected the possibility that the incident was a kidnapping attempt."
Hizbullah-affiliated Lebanese television channel Al-Manar reported that Israeli shells had hit an area near Shuva village in southern Lebanon, while Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar cited a Lebanese security source as saying that 10 shells had hit Lebanon.
Although clashes occasionally occur on the border between Lebanese and Israeli armed forces, incidents involving Hizbullah troops -- which have bases throughout southern Lebanon but do not patrol the border itself -- are rare.
A ceasefire has generally held the calm on the Israeli-Lebanese border since the 2006 war, when Israel launched a massive assault on southern Lebanon for a period of just over a month after Hizbullah forces engaged in a cross-border raid.
Over 1,200 Lebanese civilians and more than 40 Israeli civilians were killed in the ensuing war, while dozens of soldiers on both sides died before a ceasefire was signed and Israel pulled out of Lebanese territory, which it had invaded during the war.
Israel previously occupied southern Lebanon for nearly two decades ending in 2000. Hizbullah emerged as an armed movement during those years in order to fight the Israeli occupation, and today its political wing is an active part of the Lebanese government.