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Yohahi Kalangel (left) and Dor Nini

Captain Yohai Kalangel and Sergeant Dor Nini were killed when Hezbollah fighters fired anti-tank missile at army convoy; 7 others wounded.

Yohai Kalangel, 25, from the Har Gilo settlement in the West Bank, was married to Tali and a father of a one-year-old girl. He was the commander of the Tzabar Battalion's supporting company, and received the president's award for excellence on Independence Day last year. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Major.

Dor Nini, 20, from Moshav Shtulim near Ashdod, was a combat soldiuer at the Givati Brigade's Tzabar battalion. Nini, who fought in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, was posthumously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

The incident occurred at about 11:30am Wednesday, when a Hezbollah anti-tank missile hit an IDF convoy near Har Dov and Shebaa Farms, a disputed tract of land where the borders of Israel, Lebanon and Syria meet.

The troops that were hit were conducting a patrol in the sector as part of the high alert level in the north. The soldiers stationed in the area were supposed to serve as reinforcement troops in the case of escalation.


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Two soldiers were killed Wednesday when an Israeli army patrol came under anti-tank fire from Hezbollah operatives in the northern Mount Dov region along the border with Lebanon.

The IDF confirmed that at least seven soldiers were wounded in the attack and ruled out the possibility that a soldier had been kidnapped.

The two soldiers were not immediately named. They were identified as a company commander and another soldier.

“Earlier today, an anti-tank missile hit an IDF vehicle in the Har-Dov area, killing two soldiers and wounding an additional seven, two of them moderately,” said the IDF in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “The soldiers’ families have been notified.”

The vehicles were hit by Kornet guided anti-tank missiles, Channel 2 reported. Photos that emerged after the attack showed two badly damaged vehicles in flames.

For over an hour after the attack, IDF positions in the area, as well as on nearby Mount Hermon, were hit with mortar shells.

Israel responded to the attack with artillery strikes in southern Lebanon. Two Lebanese officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Israel targeted the border villages of Majidiyeh, Abbasiyeh and Kfar Chouba with at least 50 shells.


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Sirens sound, rockets from Syria explode in Golan Heights

Air raid sirens went off in the northern Golan Heights on Tuesday as at least two rockets landed in the Israeli-controlled region. No injuries or damage were reported.

The rockets were apparently launched from Syrian territory, but it wasn’t immediately clear who was responsible or whether it was an intentional attack on Israeli territory.

The IDF confirmed at least two rockets hit the northern Golan Heights and a spokesperson said that the Mount Hermon ski slopes were being evacuated. Walla news reported four missiles landed in the Israeli Golan Heights.

At least one exploded in an open area near Kibbutz El-Rom, near the border with Syria. Sirens sounded in the towns of Odem, El-Rom, Buqat’a, Majdal Shams, Mas’ade, Neve Ativ, Nimrod and Ein Kinya.

The IDF returned artillery fire into Syrian territory in response to the rockets. Some 20 artillery rounds were fired into Syrian territory. A direct hit was scored. Unconfirmed reports indicated there were casualties on the Syrian side.

Lebanese media reported Israeli fighter aircraft in the skies over the Golan Heights shortly thereafter.

A police spokesperson said there was heightened security in the area following the rocket attacks, and that roads to the northern Golan Heights were closed as a precautionary measure as police searched for rocket remains.

The incident took place amid heightened tensions in northern Israel following a reported Israeli airstrike on the opposite side of the border with the Syrian Golan Heights that killed an Iranian general, a Hezbollah commander, and at least 10 others last Sunday.

Last week, in the wake of the reported attack, the IDF mobilized troops and armor to the north following Hezbollah threats of retaliation, and deployed at least three Iron Dome missile defense batteries near the northern city of Haifa.


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An Israeli army tank is seen stationed near the village of Majdal Shams, on March 19, 2014, in the Golan Heights. (photo credit: AFP/Jalaa Marey)