Hezbollah Injures Two Israeli Soldiers in Rocket Attack

Israel strikes observation post it sighted Hezbollah suspect within

Two Israeli soldiers were injured today near the kibbutz of Manara near the northern Israeli border when they were hit by Hezbollah rocket fire. The Israeli military said they attacked the source of the rocket fire with artillery strikes.

The two soldiers, described as moderately and lightly wounded, respectively, were taken to the hospital after the incident.

Israel responded with attacks on buildings in Aita ash-Shab, Mays al-Jabal, and Odaisseh in southern Lebanon. The IDF also hit other sites and claimed air defense systems were able to shoot down a drone.

The biggest Israeli attack took place in Marwahin, where they attacked an observation post at which they identified a Hezbollah member as entering. The results of the attacks were unclear, as was the status of the Hezbollah member targeted.

Hezbollah claimed credit for the attack which injured the Israeli troops, as well as six other attacks around northern Israel. There was no report on what the other attacks hit nor about any further casualties, but these were reportedly military sites.

Yesterday also saw tit for tat strikes hitting what Israel described as Hezbollah buildings, and Hezbollah rockets were fired across the border in multiple areas. Another Lebanese observation post was reported to have been hit.

Such attacks have been a near daily feature on the Israel-Lebanon border, forcing tens of thousands of civilians on both sides to flee deeper into their countries. Hopes for displaced civilians to return home hinge largely on Israel reaching a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Israel has been threatening further escalation in Lebanon, and some have suggested a Gaza ceasefire was the prelude to dedicating more troops to the offensive in the Lebanese south. Still, Hezbollah has conditioned any peace deal they reach on a truce in Gaza as well.

Author: Jason Ditz

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