Israeli Airstrikes Destroy House in Aitaroun, Lebanon

Hezbollah reports accurate strikes on Israeli soldiers near Wazzani

Israeli airstrikes against southern Lebanon continued on Sunday, with the same house in Aitaroun coming under fire for a second day in a row. Saturday’s strike set the house on fire; today’s strike appears to have finished destroying it.

Israeli planes also attacked Marwahin and Aita ash-Shab, and an Israeli drone strike was also reported at Aita ash-Shab. No word yet on casualties or damage in those strikes.

Near daily strikes have been reported by both sides for months, and Hezbollah reported it has carried out rocket attacks against Israeli troops near the Lebanese village of Wazzani. Israel has yet to comment on the matter.

Hezbollah rockets were also fired against Israeli territory in Upper Galilee, though early reports are that warning sirens did not sound and the rockets hit empty land in the area, doing no damage.

The attacks come after Israeli strikes against al-Naqoura on Thursday destroyed a two-story house. Strikes were also reported against the Lebanese town of Kounin. Israel reported intercepting a retaliatory drone on the same day.

Destroying houses has become a common tactic for Israel in southern Lebanon strikes. In general, Israel reports such targeting as attacking Hezbollah “terror infrastructure,” though often the homes are just civilian residences.

Tensions are on the rise amid concerns Israel is about to launch a full-scale war. Hezbollah’s leadership has downplayed the risk of this, however, saying they do not believe Israel has the capacity to carry out a second war while still invading the Gaza Strip. Talk of a ceasefire in Gaza is ongoing, and Hezbollah says they intend to comply with any ceasefire reached as a result.

Author: Jason Ditz

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