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Hizbollah says struck Israel base in retaliation for fighters' killing

By AFP - Apr 18,2024 - Last updated at Apr 18,2024

Smoke billows from the site of an Israeli air strike on the southern Lebanese village of Majdel Zoun, on April 15, 2024, amid ongoing cross-border tensions (AFP photo)

BEIRUT — Lebanon's Iran-backed Hizbollah group said it launched a drone and missile attack on an Israeli base on Wednesday in response to strikes that killed three Hizbollah fighters the day before.

Israel and Hamas ally Hizbollah have been exchanging near-daily cross-border fire since Hamas attacked southern Israel on October 7. But Wednesday's incident marked the third day in a row that Hizbollah strikes wounded people in Israel, with regional tensions high after Iran launched a direct attack on Israel over the weekend in retaliation for a deadly strike on Tehran's Damascus consulate.

Hizbollah said it launched "a combined attack with guided missiles and explosive drones on a new military reconnaissance command centre in Arab al-Aramshe", an Arab-majority village of northern Israel.

 

 The attack came “in response to the enemy assassinating a number of resistance fighters in Ain Baal and Shehabiya” on Tuesday, the movement said.

Magen David Adom, the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross, said six people had been injured after a strike in Western Galilee.

The six injured are “men in their 30s, including: 1 in serious condition”, the rescuers said on X, formerly Twitter.

The Israeli army said “a number of launches from Lebanon were identified crossing into the area of Arab Al-Aramshe”, adding that it struck the sources of the fire.

On Tuesday, Israel said its strikes in south Lebanon killed two local Hizbollah commanders and another operative, with the Iran-backed group saying three of its members were killed as it launched rockets in retaliation.

Local Israeli authorities said three people were wounded in a strike from Lebanon earlier that day.

On Monday, Hizbollah targeted Israeli troops with explosive devices, wounding four soldiers who crossed into Lebanese territory, the first such attack in six months of clashes.

The violence has killed at least 368 people in Lebanon, mostly Hizbollah fighters but also at least 70 civilians, according to an AFP tally.

In Israel, the military says 10 soldiers and eight civilians have been killed near the northern border since hostilities began.

Tens of thousands of civilians have fled their homes on both sides of the border, with the violence fuelling fears of all-out conflict between Hezbollah and Israel, which last went to war in 2006.

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