Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Eight Israeli soldiers killed as fighting continues in Bint Jebeil
The IDF suffered a setback today as eight soldiers were killed early this morning when elements of the Golani battalion were ambushed when they tried to enter the surrounded Hezbollah stronghold at Bint Jebeil.
The battles took place primarily in a strip of 15 houses, as IDF troops moved in among the buildings, with backup forces covering them from various points within the structures.
According to an IDF spokesperson, there are still a few hundred Lebanese citizens in Bint Jebeil, and therefore the IAF cannot simply obliterate the positions from the air..so more ground troops are on the way in.
In other words, just like in Jenin, the IDF is acepting casualties and allowing Hezbollah to use civilians for human shields.
That's a serious mistake, in my opinion. Especially as they will not get any credit for it anyway.
In spite of the success of the ambush, it wasn't a great day for Hezbollah either. IDF sources estimate that at least 50 Hezbolah fighters were killed in today's fighting.