“Israeli Airstrikes Follow Missile Strikes on Northern Areas of Lebanon”

Israeli Jets Strike Targets in Lebanon Following Missile Attacks from Southern Lebanon

The tension between Israel and Lebanon escalated as Israeli jets and artillery struck targets in southern Lebanon in response to a barrage of missiles fired towards northern Israel. The cross-border strikes marked the third consecutive day of heightened hostilities between the two neighboring countries.

The situation unfolded as warning sirens blared in northern Israel, alerting residents of border areas, following the launch of approximately 35 missiles from southern Lebanon towards the vicinity of the border town of Kiryat Shmona. While no casualties were reported, television footage captured damaged buildings, vehicles, and brush fires caused by the strikes or falling debris, exacerbated by ongoing heatwave conditions.

In retaliation, the Israeli military targeted launch sites operated by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in southern Lebanon. Israeli jets also conducted strikes on Hezbollah infrastructure in the areas of Odaisseh and Kfarkela.

The conflict between Israel and Hezbollah forces in southern Lebanon has seen regular exchanges of fire since the Gaza war commenced in October. Notably, Israeli strikes have resulted in the deaths of over 300 Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon, surpassing casualties from the 2006 conflict. Civilian casualties have also been recorded on both sides.

Despite neither side expressing a desire for a broader conflict, concerns persist regarding the potential escalation and the risk of regional instability. The recent escalation follows an Israeli strike that killed a senior Hezbollah commander in southern Lebanon earlier in the week, leading to intensified bombardments on northern Israel.

The ongoing clashes have prompted the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents on both sides of the border, intensifying pressure for a resolution to the standoff. Diplomatic efforts to de-escalate tensions have so far yielded limited results.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military remains vigilant, intercepting drones launched by Hezbollah against Israel in recent days. The situation underscores the fragile peace in the region and the persistent threat of conflict despite efforts to mitigate tensions diplomatically.

Sources By Agencies

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