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IDF fires back after Hezbollah launches attacks on Israeli military base, officials say

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IDF fires back after Hezbollah launches attacks on Israeli military base, officials say


Smoke billows from an area targeted by Hezbollah militants on November 23, near Israel's border with Lebanon
Smoke billows from an area targeted by Hezbollah militants on November 23, near Israel’s border with Lebanon Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)

The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said it fired 48 rockets targeting the headquarters of an Israeli infantry unit at Ein Zeitim military base, near the town of Safed in northern Israel. 

In a statement Thursday, Hezbollah said it also fired a guided missile at Israeli Merkava tanks located near Al-Raheb, near the Israeli town of Shtula, and targeted Israeli infantry forces in the area.

Hezbollah also launched nine other attacks on Israeli military posts and soldier gatherings Thursday morning, including in Jal Alalam, Berket Risha, Al-Manara and Ramim.

The Israel Defense Forces said it “intercepted a number of the launches,” and later confirmed that it used helicopters and fighter jets to strike Hezbollah infrastructure and rocket launch sites in Lebanon, in response to the militant group’s attacks.

“IDF soldiers struck Hezbollah military infrastructure with the ‘Iron Sting’ weapon system in Lebanon,” the military said in an update on Thursday afternoon.

“In addition, an IDF helicopter, a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), and tanks struck a terrorist cell that launched an anti-tank missile toward the area of Biranit, and the launch post from which the missile was fired.” 

Meanwhile, the Lebanese state news agency (NNA) said that on Wednesday afternoon and in the overnight hours, it recorded the highest number of Israeli artillery fire and airstrikes on southern Lebanon since this round of hostilities began on October 8.

NNA reported on Thursday that several towns along the border came under Israeli artillery fire in the morning.

Remember: Hezbollah, the powerful Iran-backed paramilitary group, is one of the central focuses of international concerns that the war between Israel and Hamas could expand into a broader conflict in the Middle East.

The group’s leadership has expressed support for Palestinians and condemned Israel’s offensive in Gaza, but has yet to directly intervene on Hamas’ behalf.

Skirmishes at the Israel-Lebanon border, however, have seen an uptick since Hamas launched its October 7 terror attacks in Israel. The crossfire is becoming increasingly deadly.



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