Israeli Airstrike on Amal Movement Site in South Lebanon Kills Three

Several wounded in tank attacks in the southern region

At least three people were killed and others wounded today in Marjaayoun when Israeli fighter jets attacked a building belonging to the Amal Movement, the largest Shi’ite political party in southern Lebanon.

The Amal Movement is politically aligned with Hezbollah, and Israel appears to be treating it like an armed faction, even though the group disbanded its armed wing over a decade ago.

Several civilians in Lebanon were wounded in various strikes, the largest coming overnight in Kafr Hamam, where at least seven were wounded and a house was destroyed. Israeli tanks targeted Kfar Kela, wounding another civilian today.

Hezbollah, for its part, reported it was targeting spy equipment in the Israeli Zarit barracks and a group of soldiers operating in Metula. Israel reported one soldier was wounded, but did not specify where.

All the reports of strikes by Israeli forces against southern Lebanon, other than the Amal Movement one, were claimed as targeting buildings used by Hezbollah, or targeting fighters on the ground launching drones. Buildings, as so often in the past, meant civilian houses which were leveled, and with many nearby homes damaged in ensuing strikes.

While strikes have been a virtually daily occurrence recently, escalating tensions seems to mean escalating airstrikes in southern Lebanon, where around 100,000 civilians have been displaced from their homes.

Most are hoping that an internationally brokered truce would allow them to return home, but with so many homes damaged and farmland being destroyed, it’s not clear what they would be returning home to.

Author: Jason Ditz

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