- Extremist group Hezbollah said it fired rockets after Israeli attack.
- Hezbollah said the attack was in retaliation for Israeli airstrikes in southern Lebanon a day earlier.
- “This is a very serious situation and we urge all parties to cease fire,” said the United Nations Interim Force for Lebanon.
The extremist group Hezbollah claimed on Friday to have fired a barrage of rockets near Israeli positions near the border with Lebanon, calling it retaliation for Israeli airstrikes in southern Lebanon a day earlier, The Associated Press reported.
Israel said it was responding to the firing of at least 10 rockets from Lebanese territory, and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett quickly called a meeting with the top defense officials of the country.
Hezbollah confirms rocket attack in retaliation against Israelis
The mounting tensions were the most recent friction and a significant escalation between Israel’s new government and Hezbollah, backed by Iran. The United Nations Interim Force for Lebanon (UNIFIL), deployed along the border, said it has detected rocket fire from Lebanon and return artillery fire from Israel. The attacks come amid growing tensions between Israel and Iran that have developed in the Persian Gulf.
Sirens sounded across the Golan Heights and Upper Galilee near the border with Lebanon on Friday morning. Hezbollah said in a statement that its fire hit “open fields” near Israeli positions in the disputed area of Shebaa farms, with “dozens” of rockets. No casualties were reported.
“Very serious situation” after attack
“This is a very serious situation and we urge all parties to cease fire,” said UNIFIL. Shebaa farms are an enclave where Israel, Lebanon and Syria border. Israel says it is part of the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in 1967.
Lebanon and Syria say the area belongs to Lebanon, while the United Nations says the area is part of Syria and that Damascus and Israel should negotiate its fate.
Israel is ready to attack
Israel’s defense minister warned on Thursday that his country is prepared to attack Iran, issuing the threat against the Islamic Republic after a fatal drone attack on a tanker at sea that his country blamed on Tehran.
Israel said most of Lebanon’s rockets were intercepted by its defense system known as the Iron Dome. The rest landed in open areas. Hezbollah’s Manar Television says Israeli warplanes flew at low altitude over southeastern Lebanon.
Dispute over territories
Hezbollah said in a statement that it hit “open fields” near Israeli positions in the disputed area of Shebaa farms with “dozens” of rockets. No casualties were reported. Shebaa Farms is an enclave where the borders of Israel, Lebanon and Syria meet. Israel says it is part of the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in 1967. Lebanon and Syria say Shebaa Farms belongs to Lebanon, while the United Nations says the area is part of Syria and that Damascus and Israel should negotiate its fate. .
The escalation comes at a sensitive time in Lebanon, which is mired in multiple crises, including a devastating economic and financial crisis and a political stalemate that has left the country without a functional government for a full year. To see the video of the attack, click HERE Y HERE.
No injuries were reported
Hezbollah’s response, firing in the open in a contested area rather than in Israel proper, seemed calibrated to limit any response. Israel said most of Lebanon’s rockets were intercepted by the defense system known as the Iron Dome. The rest landed in open areas.
It is also a politically sensitive time in Israel. Israel’s new eight-party ruling coalition is trying to keep the peace under a fragile ceasefire that ended an 11-day war with militant Hamas rulers in Gaza in May.
Hezbollah is Israel’s most serious and immediate threat
Israel has long viewed Hezbollah as its most serious and immediate military threat. The group is estimated to have more than 130,000 rockets and missiles capable of striking anywhere in Israel. In recent years, he has also raised concerns that the group is trying to import or develop an arsenal of precision-guided missiles.
Hezbollah named Friday’s operation after two of its fighters who were killed by Israeli fire. Ali Mohsen was killed in July last year in an Israeli airstrike near the Syrian capital Damascus, while the second, Mohammed Tahhan, was shot dead by Israeli troops along the Lebanon-Israel border in May. during a protest in support of Gaza this year. Israel-Hamas war.
At least eight dead in attack on defense minister in Afghanistan
On the other hand, at least eight people were killed and another 20 wounded in an attack in a heavily guarded upscale neighborhood of the capital Kabul targeting the acting defense minister, that country’s authorities said early Wednesday, it reported. The Associated Press.
There was a loud explosion Tuesday night followed by a shootout between Afghan security forces and insurgents, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanekzai. The number of victims could increase Stanekzai.
Attack on Afghanistan Defense Minister kills at least 8
The spokesman of the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, in a statement on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the attack. It came at a time when the insurgent group is advancing with an offensive that is putting pressure on the provincial capitals in the south and west of the country.
Mujahid said the attack was retaliation for recent attacks by Afghan national forces in several provinces that he said caused civilian casualties and displacement, AP reported.
Minister of Afghanistan was not injured
Stanekzai said it appeared that the guest house of acting Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi was the target of the attack, but that he was not injured.
Mohammadi’s Jamiat-e-Islami party was told that the minister was not in the guest house at the time and that his family had been safely evacuated.
Attack on Afghan Minister: Suspects were shot
All four attackers were shot and killed after a five-hour standoff, Stanekzai said. Stanekzai said the attack took place in the posh Sherpur neighborhood, located in a section of the capital known as the Green Zone, where security is very high. It is home to several senior government officials.
Hours after Tuesday night’s attack, the Defense Ministry released a video in which Mohammadi said his guards had been injured in a suicide attack. “I assure my beloved compatriots that such attacks cannot have any impact on my willingness to defend my compatriots and my country,” he said. Hundreds of residents in the area were moved to safety while security personnel conducted house-to-house searches, authorities said.
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