Hezbollah Launches Rockets at Israel in Retaliation: Woman and Children Killed

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 11/05/2023
According to the official Lebanese news agency, a tragic incident occurred on Sunday in southern Lebanon where four relatives of a journalist lost their lives in an Israeli strike. Additionally, the journalist themselves sustained injuries during the incident.

Since the initiation of the Israel-Hamas conflict following the October 7 attacks by the Palestinian group, there have been several instances of gunfire exchanges in the border region between Israel and Lebanon. Notably, these confrontations have primarily involved Hezbollah, a group supported by Iran, and Israel.

According to the National News Agency (NNA), there have been reports of four individuals who tragically lost their lives. These individuals include the sister of radio correspondent Samir Ayoub, as well as her three grandchildren, who were aged 10, 12, and 14 at the time of the incident. The individuals met a tragic fate as they pursued the journalist's car in a separate vehicle.

Following the occurrence, the spokesperson for the Israeli military reported that a single Israeli individual had lost their life in an assault carried out by Hezbollah along the northern border.

On Sunday, Hezbollah claimed responsibility for launching several grad rockets towards the town of Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel. This action was taken in response to an Israeli strike that had occurred in southern Lebanon, resulting in the reported deaths of a woman and three children, according to Hezbollah. The Lebanese militant faction justified its attack as a response to what they referred to as Israel's "heinous and brutal crime" in a formal statement.

When questioned about previous accounts provided by security sources in Lebanon regarding an alleged incident where an Israeli strike resulted in the deaths of three individuals in a car near Aynata, an official spokesperson from the Israeli army responded by stating that the army intends to issue a statement concerning a strike in Lebanon later on Sunday.

According to the association that owned the vehicles and state media reports, on Sunday, a distressing incident occurred in southern Lebanon where two ambulances were struck by an Israeli bombing, resulting in injuries to four rescue workers.

According to the NNA (National News Agency), there was an Israeli strike that specifically targeted two ambulances. These ambulances are owned by the Risala Scout association, which is an organization that operates rescue teams. It is important to note that the Risala Scout association is affiliated with the Shia Amal movement, which is known to be an ally of Hezbollah.

According to the association, it has been reported that a drone belonging to the Israeli occupation forces intentionally aimed at two vehicles, resulting in moderate injuries to four paramedics. The attack occurred during the early hours of the morning, specifically at dawn. At that time, two ambulances were summoned to transport injured individuals from the village of Tayr Harfa, which is situated approximately three kilometers (or two miles) away from the border shared with Israel.

According to the Israeli army, a drone was employed to specifically target a "terrorist cell" that had made an attempt to launch an attack from Lebanon towards the region of Rosh Hanikra located in northern Israel.

According to the report, troops in the area had noticed the presence of "two suspicious vehicles." However, it is important to note that the strike conducted was specifically targeted at the terrorist cell and not at the aforementioned vehicles. The health ministry of Lebanon expressed strong condemnation towards what they described as a cowardly and barbaric attack.

According to an AFP tally, a total of 81 individuals have lost their lives in cross-border skirmishes on the Lebanese side since October 7. Among those casualties, 59 were identified as Hezbollah fighters. On the Israeli side, a total of six soldiers and one civilian have tragically lost their lives.

During the cross-border fighting in southern Lebanon, a tragic incident occurred on October 13, resulting in the death of Reuters journalist Issam Abdallah. Additionally, six other journalists, including two from AFP, were wounded while carrying out their coverage of the events. The strikes have been attributed to Israel by Lebanese authorities. On Sunday morning, Hezbollah reported the unfortunate loss of two additional fighters.

The increasing tensions along the border have sparked concerns regarding the potential escalation of Israel's conflict with Hamas in Gaza, potentially leading to a broader and more intense conflict.

During his recent speech, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addressed the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, expressing his belief that the United States bears full responsibility for the outbreak of hostilities.

In addition, the individual issued a cautionary message to Israel, advising against the potential consequences of launching an offensive on Lebanon. The speaker emphasized that by ceasing their perceived aggression towards Gaza, Israel could effectively avert the escalation of a broader conflict in the region.


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