Israel, Hezbollah change artillery, rocket fireplace By Reuters


© Reuters. Smoke rises from Halta village as seen from Ibl al-Saqi village in southern Lebanon, close to the border with Israel, southern Lebanon,October 8, 2023. REUTERS/Aziz Taher


(Reuters) -Israel and Lebanon’s highly effective armed group Hezbollah exchanged artillery and rocket fireplace on Sunday following the deadliest assault in years by Palestinian gunmen on Israel.

There have been no quick studies of casualties in both Lebanon or Israel from Sunday’s exchanges of fireside.

On Saturday, a multi-pronged assault by Palestinian gunmen on Israeli cities left a minimum of 250 Israelis useless, with greater than 300 Palestinians killed in Israel’s retaliatory bombardment.

Hezbollah, an armed get together backed by Iran, stated on Sunday it had launched guided rockets and artillery onto three posts within the Shebaa Farms “in solidarity” with the Palestinian individuals.

The Israeli navy stated on Sunday it fired artillery into an space of Lebanon the place cross-border fireplace was launched. “IDF (Israel Protection Forces) artillery is at present hanging the realm in Lebanon from the place a capturing was carried out,” it stated.

Israel’s navy stated one its drones struck a Hezbollah put up within the space of Har Dov, an space in Shebaa.

“At this level, there is no such thing as a additional risk in Har Dov or the northern enviornment,” IDF spokesperson Daniel Hagari stated in televised remarks, including that the navy remained on excessive alert.

The IDF later stated that it fired a warning shot towards a lot of “suspects” in the identical space in Har Dov.

A Lebanese safety supply instructed Reuters {that a} tent arrange by Hezbollah within the Shebaa Farms had been hit and that Hezbollah fighters had erected a brand new one.


A second change of fireside passed off hours later, with two Lebanese safety sources saying rockets fired from Lebanon once more hit Israeli positions within the Shebaa Farms and that Israel responded with artillery fireplace on the village of Kfar Shouba.

There was no quick remark from the Israeli navy on a second change or from from the Lebanese military. A separate Lebanese safety supply, talking on situation of anonymity, stated the military had intensified its patrols within the south.

Israel has held the Shebaa Farms, a 15-square-mile (39-square-km) patch of land, since 1967. Each Syria and Lebanon declare the Shebaa Farms are Lebanese.

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon, generally known as UNIFIL, stated it had “detected a number of rockets fired from southeast Lebanon towards Israeli-occupied territory” in addition to artillery fireplace from Israel into Lebanon in response.

“We’re involved with authorities on each side of the Blue Line, in any respect ranges, to include the scenario and keep away from a extra critical escalation,” spokesperson Andrea Tenenti stated.

The Blue Line is the demarcation line between Lebanon and Israel, marking the purpose to which Israeli forces withdrew after they left south Lebanon in 2000.

On Saturday, UNIFIL stated it had enhanced its presence in southern Lebanon following developments in Israel and Gaza, together with its operations to counter rocket launches.

The U.N.’s particular coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka stated on the platform X, previously generally known as Twitter, that she was “deeply involved” by the change of fireside and urged events to “protect Lebanon and its individuals from additional conflagration”.

Hezbollah, which successfully controls southern Lebanon, stated on Saturday it was in “direct contact” with leaders of Palestinian “resistance” teams and that it noticed Palestinian assaults on Israel as a “decisive response to Israel’s continued occupation and a message to these searching for normalisation with Israel”.

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