Israel Destroys Hezbollah Building in Eastern Lebanon

Israel claims site was ‘significant weapons' factory

Israeli warplanes carried out an attack in Nabi Chit, in the Baalbek District of eastern Lebanon Sunday, destroying a two-story building that reportedly belonged to Hezbollah. Hezbollah confirmed the incident.

The Israeli military said the site destroyed was a “significant weapons manufactory,” and that the attack was a response to dozens of rockets fired by Hezbollah against the occupied Golan Heights overnight. The Hezbollah attack occurred concurrently to the Iranian drone attack.

Lebanese security sources said the attacks inflicted at least three casualties.  Hezbollah reported a single Hezbollah fighter was killed, but did not say exactly where that was or how. They denied any casualties in the building attack.

Israel attacks in and around Baalbek have grown common in the past month. Not far from the Syrian border, it is believed that Hezbollah uses the area to smuggle weapons into the country.

Details of what Israel attacks are almost always uncertain, and while this building was claimed to be weapons manufactory, Israel often strikes unused buildings owned by Hezbollah.

More frequently Israel attacks southern Lebanon and, indeed, continued such strikes on Sunday. The village of Khaim was hit, and at least one person was reported killed and several wounded in artillery shelling. Several other towns and villages in the Marjeyoun area were also hit.

Eastern Lebanon reported near constant drone flights from Israel throughout the day. So far, warplanes only attacked the one building, but Hezbollah in the area are said to be on alert in the event of further strikes.

Author: Jason Ditz

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