Israeli airstrikes target area in Lebanon's Tyre region

At least three explosions were heard in southern Lebanon's Tyre region at dawn on Friday, as Israel announced it was carrying out strikes in response to rocket fire.

"At least two shells fell near" a Palestinian refugee camp near Tyre city, said camp resident Abu Ahmad, who told AFP he "heard explosions."

In an English-language tweet, the Israeli army said it struck "targets including terrorist infrastructures belonging to Hamas in southern Lebanon," warning that it "will not allow the Hamas terrorist organization to operate from within Lebanon."

The Israeli army also held the Lebanese state responsible for "every directed fire emanating from its territory."

Al-Mayadeen television said the Israeli attack caused damages to several nearby houses.

The announcement of the strikes came hours after militants from Lebanon fired nearly three dozen rockets at Israel, marking a further escalation in the region following violence at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site.

The Israelis also struck targets in the Gaza Strip early Friday following rocket fire into northern Israel. Palestinian militants responded with barrages of rockets.

Source: Agence France Presse, Associated Press, Naharnet

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