Hezbollah announces firing on northern Israeli military base after killing of Hamas deputy

Hezbollah announces firing on northern Israeli military base after killing of Hamas deputy

The group said Lebanon's Hezbollah fired more than 60 rockets at Israeli military bases on Saturday, and said the barrage was a response to the killing of Hamas' deputy leader in Beirut.

“As part of the initial response to the crime of assassinating the great leader Sheikh Saleh al-Ally, the Islamic Resistance Group (Hezbollah) targeted Meron Air Control Base with 62 missiles of various types,” Iran said. the advocacy group said in a statement. .

Since the Israeli-Hamas war broke out on October 7, there have been regular gun battles on the Israeli-Lebanese border, mainly between Israeli forces and Hamas' ally Hezbollah.

Mr. Aluri was killed in Hezbollah's stronghold south of Beirut on Tuesday, a killing that US defense officials told AFP was carried out by Israel, raising fears of further escalation.

Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is the first attack in the Lebanese capital since hostilities began last year.

The Israeli military said on Saturday morning that it had confirmed the firing of about 40 rockets from Lebanese territory, adding in a statement that shortly afterward Israeli forces attacked the cells involved in some of the firings.

Air raid sirens rang out in towns and cities in northern Israel, and later in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

In a speech on Friday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel that Hezbollah would swiftly respond “on the battlefield” to the killing of Aluri.

Nearly three months of cross-border fires have killed 175 people in Lebanon, including 129 Hezbollah fighters, as well as more than 20 civilians, including three journalists, according to an AFP tally.

Nine soldiers and at least four civilians were killed in northern Israel, Israeli authorities said.

Source: guardian.ng

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