Hezbollah targets Israeli barracks, releases footage of vital Israeli sites

Ahram Online , AFP , Sunday 23 Jun 2024

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said Sunday it had targeted an army position in northern Israel with an armed drone in response to the killing of a commander in the Jamaa Islamiya group.

A snap shot from the video footage released by Hezbollah showing footage of Israeli vital locations.


On Saturday, the Jamaa Islamiya group announced the death of one of its commanders, Ayman Ghotmeh, saying he was killed "in a treacherous Zionist raid" in Khiara in east Lebanon's western Bekaa area.

Israel later confirmed it had carried out the strike.

On Sunday, Hezbollah said its fighters launched a strike "with an attack drone" on a military leadership position in the Beit Hillel barracks "in response to the assassination carried out by the Israeli enemy in the town of Khiara."

The Israeli army said in a statement that a drone had "crossed from Lebanon and fell in the area of Beit Hillel," adding that "no injuries were reported."

Cross-border tensions have surged over the past few days, with Israel announcing on Tuesday that a plan for an attack on Lebanon had been "approved and validated."

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah responded with threats that no part of Israel would be spared in the event of an all-out war.

On Saturday evening, the Lebanese group published a video showing Israeli positions and coordinates along with an excerpt of Nasrallah's speech in which he says: "If war is imposed on Lebanon, the resistance will fight without restrictions or limits."



"Israel will regret waging a war on Lebanon," Nasrallah said. 

The Israeli HaKirya complex, which includes the headquarters of the Ministry of Security, the general staff, and many senior military staff leaders, was also shown in the video, according to the Al Mayadeen channel.

Vital targets in Haifa, Ashdod port, Nevatim base, oil refineries on the coast, and the research centre at Dimona Nuclear Reactor were among the potential targets in the video, Al Mayadeen said.

Days earlier, Lebanon's resistance group had circulated a nine-minute video showing aerial footage purportedly taken by the movement over northern Israel, including what it said were sensitive military, defence, and energy facilities and infrastructure in the city and port of Haifa.


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