Jerusalem, August 5: Israeli warplanes attacked what the military called Lebanon’s rocket launch site earlier Thursday in response to two rockets launched from Lebanese territory to Israel, amid increasing friction with Iran , Escalation of cross-border hostilities.
A rocket fired from Lebanon on Wednesday hit an open area in northern Israel, setting off a bushfire on the hilly border. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which came from an area in southern Lebanon controlled by Iran-backed Hezbollah guerrillas.
The Israeli military stated that Israel responded with multiple rounds of artillery fire on Wednesday and then launched an air strike early on Thursday.
“(Military) fighter jets struck the launch sites and infrastructure used for terror in Lebanon from which the rockets were launched,” the military said in a statement, adding that it also struck an area that had seen rocket launches in the past.
Although Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV station reported on Israel’s actions, the organization itself has not issued any statements.
Soon after the attack, al-Manar TV stated that Israeli warplanes carried out two attacks on the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Mahmudia, about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from the Israeli border. There were no reports of casualties.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun stated that the Israeli airstrike was the first airstrike against a Lebanese village since 2006, indicating that its “aggressive intent” has escalated. read more
Aoun also stated in a tweet that the attack directly threatened the security and stability of southern Lebanon and violated UN Security Council resolutions.