Hezbollah fires 15 projectiles at Israel in retaliation

AFP , Wednesday 19 Jun 2024

Lebanon's Hezbollah fired a fresh barrage of more than a dozen projectiles into northern Israel on Wednesday, the Israeli occupation army said, a day after Israel warned of a "total war" with the resistance group.

Members of Israeli security forces inspect sites where rockets launched from southern Lebanon fell in northern Israel near the Lebanon border, on June 19, 2024. AFP


"Approximately 15 projectiles were identified from Lebanon toward the area of Kiryat Shmona, several of which were intercepted by IDF (army) aerial defence array," the Israeli army said in a statement.

Hezbollah said on Wednesday it fired "dozens of Katyusha rockets and artillery rounds" at a barracks in Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel in retaliation for the "Israeli enemy attacks" on Yarun and Khiam.

Earlier, Hezbollah said that at least three of its fighters were killed in Israeli strikes on Wednesday.

Lebanese state media reported multiple Israeli strikes along the border and in an area north of the coastal city of Tyre, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the frontier. 

Hezbollah and Israel have been trading near-daily fire since the Israeli war on Gaza started.

Wednesday's clashes came a day after the Israeli military said it had approved operational plans for an offensive in Lebanon.

The approval came as Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz warned Hezbollah on Tuesday that it would be destroyed in the event of a "total war" between the two.

"We are very close to the moment when we will decide to change the rules of the game against Hezbollah and Lebanon," he said in a statement issued by his office.

The latest tit-for-tat comes as US presidential envoy Amos Hochstein visited Israel and Lebanon this week, calling for an "urgent" de-escalation on the border.

The Israeli attacks on Lebanon have killed at least 473 people in Lebanon, including 92 civilians, according to an AFP tally.

Israeli authorities say at least 15 soldiers and 11 civilians have been killed in the country's north.

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