Rockets fired from Lebanon after Israel kills Hezbollah commander

AP , Wednesday 12 Jun 2024

Scores of rockets were fired from Lebanon toward northern Israel on Wednesday morning, hours after Israeli airstrikes killed four officials from the Hezbollah group including a senior military commander.

File photo- Smoke billows during Israeli bombardment on the southern Lebanese border village of Khiam June 2024. AFP


The Israeli army said that about 90 projectiles were detected. It said that some were intercepted and that several fires were caused by the strikes.

Taleb Sami Abdullah, 55, who was known within Hezbollah as Hajj Abu Taleb, was the most senior commander killed since fighting began eight months ago. His death came amid rising escalation along the Lebanon-Israel border that has seen Hezbollah intensify its retaliation on northern Israel while Israeli airstrikes have struck deep inside Lebanon.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV reported that rockets were being fired from south Lebanon into northern Israel. Sirens were sounded in northern Israel, according to Israeli media.

A Hezbollah official said Abdullah was the most senior commander to be killed in Lebanon since the latest round of violence along the Lebanon-Israel border began in October adding that he was the commander of the group’s Nasr Unit that is charge of parts of south Lebanon close to the Israeli border.

The Israeli strike destroyed a house in Jwaya where Abdullah and three other officials were holding a meeting, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the border, late on Tuesday.

The Hezbollah official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Abdullah was more senior than a commander who was killed in January, Wissam al-Tawil.

Israeli airstrikes on Lebanon have killed over 400 people, most of them Hezbollah members, but the dead also include more than 70 civilians. On the Israeli side, 15 soldiers and 10 civilians have been killed since the war in Gaza began.

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