Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement said Monday it has attacked forces in northern Israel with drones, artillery and rockets and claimed a series of new attacks.
Since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas on October 7, there have been daily firefights on the border between Israel and Lebanon.
Hezbollah fighters targeted soldiers west of Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel “with three attack drones,” the Iran-backed group said in a statement, adding shortly after that it also targeted troops in the area with artillery fire attacked.
Both statements claimed the attacks were “direct hits.”
Earlier Monday, Hezbollah said it had fired “Burkan rockets” at an Israeli barracks, and also claimed a number of other attacks on Israeli positions.
The Israeli military said that “three UAVs (drones) were identified adjacent to” an army post, without specifying where. It added that “no injuries have been reported.”
A statement said that “25 launches were identified from Lebanon to various locations adjacent to the border”, adding that air defenses “intercepted some of the launches and the rest fell into open areas”.
“Tanks, a fighter jet and a helicopter struck Hezbollah’s terror infrastructure in Lebanon” in response to “launches towards Israeli territory,” while the army attacked fighters attempting to fire “anti-tank missiles” in southern Lebanon.
Deadly clashes on Israel’s northern border began on October 7 when the Gaza-based Palestinian group Hamas attacked southern Israel, killing about 1,200 people and taking about 240 hostage, Israeli officials said.
Israel has vowed to destroy Hamas, and the subsequent military campaign against Gaza has killed more than 13,000 people in Hamas-held territory, according to authorities.
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said this month that his group, an ally of Hamas, was using new weapons against Israel, including Burkan rockets, adding that they could carry “a payload of 300 to 500 kilograms” (660 to 1,100 pounds). transport.
The group is also using attack drones for the first time and has flown reconnaissance drones deep into Israel, Nasrallah said.
At least 90 people have been killed on the Lebanese side in cross-border clashes since last month, according to an AFP count, most of them Hezbollah fighters but including at least 10 civilians.
According to authorities there, six soldiers and three civilians were killed on the Israeli side.
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