Hezbollah rocket kills Israeli following deadly Lebanon strike

AFP , Wednesday 27 Mar 2024

Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah movement fired a barrage of rockets into northern Israel Wednesday, killing a civilian, after Israel carried out a deadly strike in south Lebanon.

Hezbollah rocket hit town of Kiryat Shmona
Israeli security forces inspect the area of the border town of Kiryat Shmona where a suspected Hezbollah rocket killed a civilian. AFP


Hezbollah, an ally of the Palestinian group Hamas, has exchanged near-daily cross-border fire with the Israeli army since the war on Gaza began on October 7.

Israeli rescue teams searching a building that had been hit in the border town of Kiryat Shmona "found a 25-year-old who was unconscious, with no pulse and not breathing" and pronounced him dead at the scene, the Magen David Adom emergency service said.

Hezbollah said they fired "dozens of rockets" at Kiryat Shmona in retaliation for what it called "the massacre committed by the Zionist enemy (Israel)" in the south Lebanon village of Habariyeh.

The emergency response arm of Jamaa Islamiya, a Lebanese militant group closely linked to Hamas, said "a number" of people were killed in the overnight Israeli strike in Habariyeh.

Speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to speak to the media, a Jamaa Islamiya official said the seven dead were "rescuers" who were killed when an emergency centre in the village was hit.

Another Jamaa Islamiya official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said a dozen first responders were in the centre at the time of the strike, adding that bodies were being pulled from the rubble.

The Israeli military said the target of the strike was "a military compound" and those killed were Jamaa Islamiya fighters.

Cross-border fire since October has killed at least 338 people in Lebanon, according to an AFP count.

At least 10 soldiers and eight civilians have been killed in Israel, according to the Israeli military.

* This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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