Hezbollah Says Strikes Killed Israeli Soldiers on Lebanon Border

Attack in response to Thursday Israeli strike on Aitaroun house

Continuing a series of tit-for-tat strikes across the northern Israeli border with Lebanon, Hezbollah reported that it struck military sites in the border town of Metula, killing an unspecified number of Israeli soldiers and wounding others. This round of strikes was in retaliation for Israel’s Thursday strike on the village of Aitaroun in Lebanon.

Aitaroun was one of several Israeli strikes targeting buildings that it claimed were in use by Hezbollah. In this case, the strike was against a house, killing one Hezbollah member and wounding three civilians.

Hezbollah’s return fire both targeted multiple military sites in Metula and a radar site in Shebaa Farms, which they said caused a direct hit damaging the site.

Israel didn’t confirm any casualties in Metula, saying only that a drone crashed “close” to a Metula base, but that no one was hurt in the strike. They didn’t mention the apparent Hezbollah rocket fire at all.

Lebanese military sources reported Israel carried out six airstrikes against four towns and villages on Friday, along with artillery fire against a number of sites which they claimed were the source of rocket fire.

Reportedly three Hezbollah fighters were killed in a house attack on Blida, while three civilians were wounded in an Israeli strike on the nearby town of Baraacht. All told, the attack destroyed five houses and damaged over 15 others.

Hezbollah issued a statement following the attack on Metula declaring the Israelis there have “until the end of the week” to flee, urging them to escape to southern cities. . Metula is the northernmost town in Israel, with a long complex history.

Author: Jason Ditz

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