Tension Again at the Border Between Israel and Lebanon After Shelling from Both Sides

Tension Again at the Border Between Israel and Lebanon After Shelling from Both Sides

The Israeli army fired on targets in southern Lebanon again today. The Shia militia reported to Hezbollah that they had fired ten rockets at Israel earlier in the day. That was in response to an Israeli bombing yesterday.

 

UN peacekeepers Unifil fears another escalation between Israel and Hezbollah.

The Israeli artillery has thus fired on targets across the border with Lebanon. Ten rockets from the pro-Iranian militia Hezbollah are said to have ended up in northern Israel and the Israeli-occupied (Syrian) Golan Heights. The Israeli anti-missile defence system intercepted most, and others ended up in the open field.

Hezbollah said that it was in retaliation for Israeli airstrikes on targets in southern Lebanon yesterday. They would then have responded to a small attack with two rockets that had landed in northern Israel.

UNIFIL, the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon, confirms the reports of shelling and warns of another escalation. It had been since 2014 that Israel and Hezbollah had clashed in Lebanon. However, except for that one conflict, things have remained relatively quiet after that the devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.

Apparently, not everyone in Lebanon is happy with the escalation. On social media, images can be seen of civilians stopping a vehicle carrying Hezbollah missiles. The images are said to have been taken in an area where mainly members of the Druze minority live. The four Hezbollah fighters are said to have been handed over to the Lebanese army. The Druze may fear Israeli attacks if Hezbollah continues to fire missiles.

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