Hezbollah wages drone, rocket and artillery attacks on Israel


An Israeli drone struck Monday a motorbike in the southern town of Bint Jbeil as Hezbollah targeted a building used by Israeli soldiers in Margaliot and soldiers and equipment in the Malkia post.

The group said it has carried out a combined drone, missile and artillery attack on al-Malkia, using suicide drones, guided missiles and artillery shells.

The attacks were in response to Israeli strikes on villages and homes in south Lebanon, Hezbollah said.

Five fighters and two civilians were killed Sunday in Israeli strikes in the southern border towns of Naqoura, Houla and Aita al-Shaab.

On Monday, a drone struck a motorbike near the Salah Ghandour Hospital in Bint Jbeil and Israeli jets raided Aitaroun's center and the southern border town of Yaroun. Israeli artillery meanwhile shelled Wadi Hamoul.

Hezbollah later targeted surveillance equipment in Misgav Am and carried out a suicide drones attack on the Beit Hillel base, hitting Iron Dome missile defense positions, crews and soldiers. The group said the attack on Beit Hillel was in response to the Israeli strike on Houla Sunday.

Hezbollah, a Hamas ally, has traded regular cross-border fire with Israel since the Palestinian militant group's October 7 attack on southern Israel which triggered war in the Gaza Strip.

In recent weeks Hezbollah has stepped up its cross-border attacks, which it says are in support of Gazans and its ally Hamas, while Israel has struck deeper into Lebanese territory.

The violence has killed at least 440 people in Lebanon, mostly militants but also including 84 civilians, according to an AFP tally.

Israel says 14 soldiers and 11 civilians have been killed on its side of the border.

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