Israel confirms commando raid in Lebanon

JERUSALEM, Aug 19, 2006 (AFP) – The Israeli army on Saturday confirmed it carried out a commando operation in Lebanon, saying the raid was to prevent arms being delivered to Hezbollah by Iran and Syria.

"Israeli army special forces operated deep inside Lebanon last night to foil terrorist operations against Israel," an army spokesman told AFP.

"The operation was aimed at preventing the delivery of weapons to Hezbollah from Iran and Syria," he said, adding that "all goals were achieved".

Lebanese military sources said Israeli helicopters landed two Hummers near the eastern town of Baalbeck after which Israeli troops clashed with fighters from the Hezbollah militia.