Israel strikes Lebanon's Hezbollah after cross-border fire

AFP , Saturday 4 Nov 2023

The Israeli military said Saturday it had struck two groups of fighters and a Hezbollah border post in response to attempted firing from Lebanon as cross-border shelling continued while Israel ramps up its brutal war on Gaza.

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A picture taken from the border village of Tayr Harfa in southern Lebanon shows smoke rising from a hill near the village of Al-Bustan following an Israeli strike on November 3, 2023. AFP


The latest skirmishes came a day after Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned that Israel's war on Gaza could turn into a regional conflict if Israel pushed on with its invasion in the Palestinian territory.

Separately, the Israeli army responded to mortar fire from Lebanon into northern Israel, where no casualties were reported, a military statement said.

Since October 7, Israel has been carrying out relentless strikes and a ground invasion of Gaza, where more than 9,200 people, mostly civilians, have been killed according to the Palestinian health ministry.

The Lebanon-Israel border has also been a scene of regular cross-border shelling over the past month, with firing between the Israeli military on one side and the powerful movement Hezbollah and its allies on the other.

In his first speech since Israel's war broke out four weeks ago, Nasrallah warned that "all options" were open for an expansion of the conflict to Lebanon as he blamed the United States for the war in Gaza.

"America is entirely responsible for the ongoing war on Gaza and its people, and Israel is simply a tool of execution," Nasrallah said in a televised broadcast, calling the conflict "decisive".

"Whoever wants to prevent a regional war -- and this is addressed to the Americans -- must quickly stop the aggression on Gaza," he said.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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