On Saturday, November 4, 2023, tensions continued to rise along the Israeli-Lebanese border as Hezbollah launched attacks on Israeli positions and Israel responded with airstrikes and shelling.
Hezbollah Claims Responsibility for Powerful Missile Attack
Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah said it simultaneously struck Israeli positions across the border from the Lebanese villages of Ayta al-Shaab and Rmeich. According to a Lebanese source, Hezbollah used a powerful missile not previously deployed in the weeks of fighting. The source said the missile hit an Israeli target.
Israel Responds with Airstrikes and Shelling
The Israeli military confirmed its warplanes struck Hezbollah targets in Lebanon in retaliation for the missile attack. Israel accompanied the airstrikes with artillery and tank shelling.
Worst Border Violence Since 2006 War
The clashes mark the most serious confrontation along the frontier since the month-long Israel-Hezbollah war in 2006. The violence has so far remained mainly contained to border areas. In addition, you can also read an article on- Israel-Gaza Crisis Dramatically Intensifies As Blinken Appeals for Truce But Israel Stays Firm
Hezbollah Leader Threatens Further Escalation
On Friday, Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech that escalation by his group would depend on events in Gaza and Israeli actions toward Lebanon. He warned the attacks so far “won’t be all” Hezbollah does.
Witnesses Report Intense Israeli Bombardment
According to security sources and witnesses in Lebanon, Israeli strikes on Saturday were among the heaviest yet. Fouad Khreis, a resident of the Lebanese town of Khiyam, said shelling by both sides had “intensified a lot.”
Israel Says It Has No Interest in New War
While responding firmly to attacks, Israel has said it does not want war with Hezbollah. Last month, Israeli PM Netanyahu cautioned the group against opening a second front, warning of “unimaginable” Israeli retaliation.
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