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14 Apr, 2024 13:44

Israel strikes ‘deep inside’ Lebanon

The attack came in response to missiles fired toward the northern part of the Jewish state overnight, according to the IDF
Israel strikes ‘deep inside’ Lebanon

Israel has reported launching airstrikes deep into Lebanese territory, targeting Hezbollah positions across the country as tensions in the region soared after Iran attacked Israel over the weekend.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) posted to its Telegram channel footage of one of the attacks, stating that it shows fighter jets striking a “significant” Hezbollah weapons manufacturing site in the area of Nabi Chit, close to the Syrian border. The IDF also reported having bombed a number of military structures belonging to Hezbollah in the area of Jbaa in southern Lebanon, as well as the group’s infrastructure and outposts in several other areas.

According to the Israeli military, the attacks came in response to missiles being fired from Lebanon toward northern Israel overnight in the areas of Kfar Blum and Hanita. No injuries were reported in those strikes.

Earlier on Sunday, Hezbollah admitted it had joined in the Iranian drone and missile attack against Israel and twice launched airstrikes towards the occupied Golan Heights. Tehran’s attack came in retaliation for an airstrike on Iran’s consulate in Damascus, Syria earlier this month that killed several high-ranking Iranian military officials. Tehran has blamed the attack on Israel.

Iran-backed Hezbollah, a pro-Palestinian militant group and one of the most influential political factions in Lebanon, has engaged in near-daily exchanges of fire with Israeli forces since the start of the Israeli-Hamas war in Gaza last October.

According to AFP estimates, at least 363 people in Lebanon have been killed in the hostilities so far, including at least 70 civilians, while tens of thousands of people have reportedly fled their homes on both sides of the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Hezbollah will only stop its attacks on Israel after a ceasefire is reached in Gaza, emphasising that the front is largely a “supportive” one, the group’s senior politician Hassan Fadlallah said in late February.