Hezbollah launches combined attack on 9 Israeli posts, in response to Jwaya strike

Hezbollah launched rocket and drone attacks on several Israeli army bases and positions on Thursday, after an Israeli strike killed one of its senior commanders.

Hezbollah fighters launched "an attack with rockets and drones, targeting six barracks and military sites" while simultaneously flying "squadrons of explosive-laden drones" at three other Israeli bases, the group said in a statement.

It said the attacks were "part of the response to the assassination" of Hezbollah commander Taleb Abdallah on Tuesday.

Earlier on Thursday, Hezbollah targeted the al-Raheb post in north Israel, while Israeli warplanes struck the outskirts of Jdeidet Marjeyoun and Haris.

“Our response after the martyrdom of Abu Taleb will be to intensify our operations in severity, strength, quantity and quality,” senior Hezbollah official Hashem Saffieddine said during a funeral ceremony for Taleb Sami Abdullah who was killed in an airstrike late Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Hezbollah fired a massive barrage of rockets into northern Israel in retaliation for Abdullah’s killing, further escalating tensions.

Hezbollah has traded fire with Israel nearly every day since the Israel-Hamas war began on Oct. 7, and says it will only stop if there is a truce in Gaza. That has raised fears of a regional conflagration.

Israeli airstrikes on Lebanon since October have killed over 400 people, most of them Hezbollah fighters, but the dead also include more than 70 civilians and non-combatants. On the Israeli side, 15 soldiers and 10 civilians have been killed since the war in Gaza began.

Source: Naharnet, Associated Press

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