Israeli fighters attack launch site in response to Lebanese rocket attack

Officials said Israel launched a rocket at a Lebanese artillery launch site earlier this week in response to an attack from Lebanese people.

Israeli forces said the fighters targeted the launch site where the Lebanese rocket attack began on Wednesday. Another infrastructure used in past terrorist attacks on Israeli territory was also attacked by airstrikes.

“A fighter attacked the launch site and infrastructure used for the terrorist attacks in Lebanon, where rockets were launched,” the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement.

The strike reportedly struck a vacant lot in the Marjayun district. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

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View shows the damage caused by the aftermath of an Israeli airstrike seen from Marjayun near the border with Israel in Lebanon on August 5, 2021. (Karamallah Daher / Reuters)

The Israeli Defense Forces said the attack would serve as a warning to Lebanon to prevent “further attempts to undermine Israeli civilians and Israeli sovereignty,” as Israel accused the country of a cannon fire the day before.

Shortly after noon on Wednesday, multiple rocket launchers were launched from Lebanese territory into northern Israel, sounding warning sirens in the Kiriyat Sumona region. Two rockets collided with an open space, and the third fell below the border.

“Three rockets have been launched from Lebanon into Israeli territory,” the military said in a statement. “In response … artillery fired on Lebanese territory.”

The rocket caused several brush fires, and there was still no claim of responsibility for attacks coming from the southern region. Lebanon It is under the control of the Hezbollah guerrillas supported by the designated terrorist organization Iran.

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On August 4, 2021, the fields were burned after being attacked by a rocket launched from Lebanon onto Israeli territory near the northern Israeli town of Kiriyat Schmona. (Ariel Charit / AP photo)
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Israeli firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire caused by a rocket launched from Lebanon onto Israeli territory near the northern Israeli town of Kiriyat Shmona on August 4, 2021. (Ariel Charit / AP photo)

Hezbollah’s Almanar TV reported on Israeli actions, but the group itself had not yet issued a statement.

The border has been almost quiet since Israel’s war with the Hezbollah terrorists in 2006. An Israeli aircraft attacked the border post of Hezbollah last summer.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said the Israeli airstrike was the first to target a Lebanese village since 2006 and showed an escalation of its “aggressive intent.”

Israel faces a threat from Hezbollah along the northern border, where Hezbollah has deployed about 150,000 rockets to Israel, according to a 2019 U.S. Department of State report.pdf).

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the attack “means sending a message” while talking to Israeli YNet TV, saying the country could do more, but didn’t want to reach it. Added.

Origin of Hezbollah

In the 1980s, there were more than 12 militias in Lebanon, but after the end of the Lebanese Civil War in 1990, all militia groups surrendered their weapons to the government, with the exception of Hezbollah, who held them.Experts at the University of Baluiran in Israel and the Middle East Start-Sadat Center for Strategic Research I told The Epoch Times in an interview.

Hezbollah’s leader is a Lebanese, but the group has had a very close relationship with Iran for many years. According to Cohen, he has followed Iran’s instructions and received financial support, intelligence and supplies from Iran. He added that Hezbollah has treated his country as a domestic country for about 30 years since the end of the Civil War.

According to a 2019 State Department report on terrorism, “Iran continues to provide Hezbollah with political, diplomatic, financial and organizational assistance, in addition to most of its funding, training, weapons and explosives. “(pdf).

Ella Kietlinska and Reuters contributed to this report.

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