BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group mentioned it fired greater than 60 rockets at an Israeli army base on Saturday (Jan 6) in response to the killing in Beirut of Hamas’s deputy leader.
“As a part of the preliminary response to the crime of assassinating the nice chief Sheikh Saleh al-Aruri … the Islamic resistance (Hezbollah) focused the Meron air management base with 62 missiles of varied sorts,” the group mentioned in a press release.
The Israel-Lebanon border has seen near-daily exchanges of fireplace for the reason that Israel-Hamas war broke out on Oct 7.
Aruri’s killing on Tuesday in a Hezbollah stronghold in south Beirut, which a US defence official mentioned was carried out by Israel, has raised fears of escalation.
Israel has not claimed accountability for the strike, the primary on the Lebanese capital since hostilities started final 12 months.
In a speech on Friday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel that the group would reply swiftly “on the battlefield” to Aruri’s killing.
On Saturday, air raid sirens went off in cities and cities throughout northern Israel and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
The Israeli army mentioned it had recognized round 40 rocket launches from Lebanese territory on Saturday morning and its forces had struck a cell liable for a few of them.
Afterward Saturday, Hezbollah claimed additional assaults on Israeli troops and positions, with the Israeli military saying it had retaliated.
The Israeli military mentioned it had “struck a sequence of Hezbollah terror targets” throughout southern Lebanon together with “a launch put up, army websites and terrorist infrastructure”.