Hezbollah targets bases near Akka after member's killing in Zahrani strike


Hezbollah waged Tuesday a combined drone attack with decoy and suicide drones on a command center near the occupied city of Akka.

Hezbollah said the air attack was in response to the killing of a Hezbollah fighter in Adloun and that the drones hit two Israeli bases in the Shraga barracks north of Akka.

An Israeli drone had targeted on Tuesday morning a car near the southern coastal town of Aadloun deep inside Lebanon in the al-Zahrani region, killing a Hezbollah member.

A source close to Hezbollah said the strike killed an engineer attached to the group's air defense forces as he was travelling in a vehicle.

Hezbollah announced the death of Hussein Azqoul "on the road to Jerusalem" -- the phrase used for fighters killed by Israel. The Israeli army said Azqoul was a key member in the air defense unit.

The strike hit the Abu al-Aswad region between the coastal cities of Tyre and Sidon, about 40 kilometers from the border.

Israeli artillery meanwhile shelled the outskirts of Tayr Harfa and Alma al-Shaab.

Israeli warplanes had carried out overnight nine airstrikes on al-Jabbour, Jabal Abu Rashed, Yaroun and al-Aishiyeh.

Hezbollah has recently intensified its attacks on Israel military targets across the border. On Monday, it fired "dozens" of Katyusha rockets at an army headquarters in northern Israel in response to Israeli attacks on "southern villages and civilian homes", most recently in Srifa, Odaisseh and Rob Tlatin.

The strike on Srifa killed another Hezbollah member, Mohammad Atiyeh. The Israeli army said Atiyeh was also a key member in the Radwan air unit.

On Sunday evening, Hezbollah shot down an Israeli Hermes 450 drone, the fourth to be brought down since the war began.

Hezbollah also targeted Tuesday a group of soldiers in the al-Assi post, while Israeli warplanes struck the southern border towns of Houla and Aita al-Shaab and the outskirts of Markaba.

Since Hamas's unprecedented October 7 attack on Israel triggered war in Gaza, there have been near-daily cross-border exchanges of fire between the Israeli army and Iran-backed Hezbollah.

Since October 7 at least 378 people have been killed in Lebanon, mostly Hezbollah fighters but also 70 civilians, according to an AFP tally.

Israel says 11 soldiers and eight civilians have been killed on its side of the border.

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Missing HellAndWaite 23 April 2024, 15:20

Correction: Hussein Azqoul was seen driving on the Road to Perdition, not rue jerusalem

Missing un520 23 April 2024, 16:49

Engineer, huh? One of very few educated shia. If you get your education paid for by Hezbollah, be aware that they want something in return. In this case, his life. Brave are the educated shia like Dima Sadek and Lokman Slim (RIP) who see right through the hypocrisy of Hezbollah and Amal.