Lebanon's Hezbollah says it attacks north Israel with drones

AFP , Tuesday 7 May 2024

Lebanon's Hezbollah said it attacked northern Israel on Tuesday including with "explosive-laden drones", a day after an assault claimed by the resistance movement killed two soldiers there.

Smoke billows from the site of an Israeli airstrike on the southern Lebanese village of Kfar Hamam near the border on May 7, 2024 amid ongoing cross-border tensions. AFP


Israel and Hezbollah have exchanged regular cross-border fire since Israel's war on Gaza began on 7 October.

In recent weeks Hezbollah has stepped up its attacks, in support of Palestinians in Gaza, and Israel's military has struck deeper into Lebanese territory.

Hezbollah fighters on Tuesday launched "explosive-laden drones targeting enemy soldiers and officers", the group said in a statement.

At the same time, other drones "targeted one of the Iron Dome (air defence system) platforms", the resistance said, adding in separate statements that they carried out other attacks on northern Israel, including with guided missiles.

The Israeli army said in a statement that "two aerial targets were identified crossing from Lebanon into northern Israel, one of which was intercepted".

"Light damage was caused and no injuries were reported," it said, adding that "fighter jets struck Hezbollah military structures in several areas in southern Lebanon".

Israel's army said earlier Tuesday that two soldiers had been killed the day before in the country's north.

On Monday, Hezbollah claimed a drone attack on troops near northern Israel's Metula, with the Israeli military saying "a UAV (drone) was identified crossing from Lebanon" into the area.

In Lebanon, at least 390 people have been killed in nearly seven months of cross-border violence, mostly Hezbollah fighters, but also more than 70 civilians, according to an AFP tally.

Israel says 13 soldiers and nine civilians have been killed on its side of the border.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced on both sides.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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