Israeli Airstrikes Kill Four in Southern Lebanon

Two Hezbollah among the slain

Israeli warplanes carried out multiple airstrikes against southern Lebanon over the weekend, killing at least four people, two of them reported to be Hezbollah members. Five civilians were also reported to be injured in the attacks.

An attack struck a house in the southern town of Houla, killing the two Hezbollah members and wounding three civilians. Israel also claimed to have bombed a “missile platform” in Houla.

A second strike took place in the village of Aitaroun, where two air-to-surface missiles were fired at a marketplace, targeting a coffee shop inside a gas station. The owner of the coffee shop, identified as Ali Khalil Hamad was killed, along with a young man named Mjustafa Issa.

The Aitaroun attack killed the two civilians and also wounded two others. The attacks caused extensive damage to the gas station and coffee shop, along with nearby shops and houses.

Israel termed the Aitaroun attack as one against “a piece of infrastructure,” while reporting myriad other strikes across Lebanon’s south, mostly artillery strikes against the source of rocket fire from the area.

Hezbollah carried out an attack with rockets and explosive drones against the Golan Heights, hitting open areas and starting a fire which Israeli firefighters struggled to contain. Rockets were also fired against the Galilee Panhandle, and anti-tank missiles were fired on Malkia and Misgav Am.

Author: Jason Ditz

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