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Hezbollah says Israel bombed its positions

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Posted: Feb 26, 2014 3:08 AM

Updated: Feb 26, 2014 3:09 AM

BEIRUT (AP) Hezbollah says Israel carried out an airstrike targeting its positions in Lebanon near the border with Syria earlier this week, claiming it caused damage but no casualties.

The Wednesday statement was the group's first acknowledgement of the reported Monday night airstrikes.

Hezbollah said the attack was near the eastern Lebanese village of Janta. It vowed to retaliate but said it will "choose the appropriate time and place."

Lebanon's state news agency has reported that Israeli aircraft carried out the strikes. Israel has refused to confirm them.

Hezbollah, allied to President Bashar Assad in Syria, has been fighting alongside his troops in areas near the border.

This was the first reported Israeli airstrike inside Lebanese territory since the start of Syria's conflict three years ago. Israel has fired artillery across the border.

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