Fears of wider war with Hezbollah as Lebanese terror group launches attack in north

Hezbollah terrorists fired mortars into Israel on Sunday morning


Israeli soldiers in an armoured vehicle ride along a street in the northern Israel near the border with Lebanon on October 8, 2023. Fighting between Israeli forces and the Palestinian militant group Hamas raged on October 8, with hundreds killed on both sides after a surprise attack on Israel prompted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to warn they were "embarking on a long and difficult war". (Photo by JALAA MAREY / AFP) (Photo by JALAA MAREY/AFP via Getty Images)

(JNS) The IDF on Sunday hit targets in southern Lebanon with artillery after Hezbollah terrorists there fired mortars at the Jewish state.

The military confirmed that there were no casualties in the attack.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility, saying it targeted three Israeli military sites in solidarity with the “Palestinian resistance.”

In response, the IDF carried out a drone strike against “Hezbollah infrastructure," with Israeli media reporting the targeting of a tent the Iran-backed terror group set up in Israeli territory in April.

The Hezbollah outpost was constructed north of the border fence but on the Israeli side of the UN-marked Blue Line. The position, located across from an Israeli military base, was reportedly initially manned by three to eight armed terrorists.

Hezbollah does not recognize the Blue Line and disputes numerous points along the border.

A UN peacekeeping force was deployed along the border. It called on Sunday for “everyone to exercise restraint” and use the body’s “liaison and coordination mechanisms to de-escalate.”

UNIFIL added it was in contact with authorities on both sides of the border at all levels “to contain the situation and avoid a more serious escalation.”

Last month, the IDF bolstered its forces on the country’s northern border after a Lebanese “engineering vehicle” strayed a few meters into Israeli territory. In July, the IDF revealed that armed Hezbollah terrorists were spotted patrolling the border in clear violation of a legally binding UN resolution.

On March 15, a terrorist who infiltrated into Israel from Lebanon planted a roadside bomb in northern Israel that severely wounded a motorist. Shareef ad-Din, 21, from the Israeli Arab town of Salem, was caught in the blast when the device detonated behind a road barrier near the Megiddo Junction, some 18 miles south east of Haifa.

Hezbollah said that Saturday's devastating multi-pronged Hamas attack on Israel was in response to both the “continued occupation and a message to those seeking normalisation with it.”

The United States has been working on a landmark peace deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia, which many believed could be signed in the coming months.

Hamas killed at least 350 Israelis on Saturday — the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah — as it launched a massive offensive from the Gaza Strip, including firing more than 3,000 rockets and sending dozens of Palestinian terrorists to infiltrate the Jewish state.

In April, Hamas fired 34 rockets from southern Lebanon towards northern Israel in the biggest attack emanating from the Hezbollah-controlled country since the 2006 war.

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