One of the major events of the Second Lebanon War was the Battle of Bint Jbeil, in which the IDF tried to overtake a Hezbollah stronghold. In light of the war's tenth anniversary today, Yediot Achronot's Yoav Zitun reports that the IDF has declassified audio and images that tell the story of soldiers who gave their lives and showed bravery under fire:
The town of Bint Jbeil was unofficially declared to be the Hezbollah capital in Southern Lebanon, and as such the IDF decided to overtake it during the third week of the war.
Hezbollah was prepared for the troops, though, and had set up a deadly ambush for them in advance.
As dawn broke, the fighting began, lasting for over ten hours. The ensuing extraction also took several hours under heavy Hezbollah fire.
There were many moments of heroism and unwavering camaraderie in the battle. One moment, though, became etched in IDF history: it was when Deputy Battalion Commander Roi Klein flung himself on a grenade thrown at his unit. The grenade sent hundreds of shards into his body, killing Klein, whose actions saved his soldiers...