Israel Strikes Deep into NE Lebanon, Killing Two

Israel says attack was response to missile fire against Mt. Meron

Israeli warplanes carried out today its deepest airstrikes yet in northeastern Lebanon, targeting a Hezbollah compound in the Baalbek District used by one of that group’s aerial units. At least two people were reported killed in the attacks, and a third was wounded.

The compound was described as several buildings and an adjoining drone landing pad. The attack caused a fire, and a group of ambulances were reportedly rushed to the scene.

Israel said the attack was retaliation for the missile fire against Mt. Meron air traffic control base earlier today. Mt. Meron has been a favored target of Hezbollah, with the facility damaged in previous strikes.

Attacks in and around Baalbek have become more common in recent weeks, with this the second strike since the weekend. Today’s attacks penetrated as far as 130 km beyond the border, making this the deepest Israel has struck since the current conflict began in October.

Baalbek and the surrounding Bekaa Valley are strongholds for Hezbollah in the northeast of the country. Not far from the Syrian border, the area is thought to be used to smuggle weapons into that country.

Outside of Mt. Meron, recent Hezbollah rocket fire hit and damaged a winery in Avivim and a house in Betzet. Rocket sirens were reported in several areas of northern Israel as a result of Hezbollah fire.

Israel also continued attacking southern Lebanon today, hitting the Fantoun, and forcing a school closure in Rmeish. The school was forced to close due to bombardment by artillery shells.

Both sides have been launching retaliatory strikes against one another daily, raising the fear that this continued escalation is going to lead to an outright military conflict and an Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon.

Author: Jason Ditz

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