On Friday, Hezbollah announced that it had launched dozens of rockets at Shebaa Farms in response to Israeli raids targeting southern Lebanon at dawn on Thursday.
In response to Hezbollah’s missiles, the Israeli army launched air strikes on southern Lebanon on Friday. He had announced that the air defense system had intercepted most of the missiles fired by Hezbollah.
The United Nations Interim Force in South Lebanon (UNIFIL) warned Friday of a “very dangerous situation” due to the military escalation between Hezbollah and Israeli forces in southern Lebanon.
And UNIFIL announced in a statement that “our forces detected rocket fire from Lebanon, which was responded with Israeli artillery, and the situation is very dangerous,” and urged “all parties to cease fire.”
This is the first time since a military escalation between the two sides in 2019, that Hezbollah announced targeting Israeli sites.
The party announced in a statement that “at 11:15 a.m. this Friday, in response to the Israeli air strikes on open lands in the al-Jarmaq and al-Shawakir areas last Thursday night, groups (…) in the Islamic Resistance bombed open lands in the vicinity of the occupation sites. The Israeli army in Shebaa Farms fired dozens of 122mm rockets.
And the Israeli army announced in a statement, “More than 10 missiles were fired from Lebanon towards Israeli territory. Most of the missiles were intercepted by the air defense system.” He added that the other missiles fell in uninhabited areas.
And on Thursday, for the first time in years, the Israeli forces launched air strikes on southern Lebanon in response to the firing of three missiles from Lebanon, for which no party has claimed responsibility.
In a statement to Agence France-Presse, the Israeli army confirmed that its last announced air raids on Lebanon dated back to 2014 and took place in the wake of an exchange of fire in the border area. Those raids targeted the border with Syria.
Since 2006, Israel has not targeted Hezbollah strongholds in southern Lebanon with air strikes.
The last military tension between the two parties dates back to 2019, when Hezbollah targeted an Israeli military vehicle in an attack that it said was a response to two “Israeli” attacks against it in Syria and Lebanon.
At the time, Hezbollah vowed to respond to the killing of two of its members in August 2019 in an Israeli raid near Damascus, and for accusing Israel of launching two drone attacks in the southern suburbs of Beirut.
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