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Israel says it hit Hezbollah websites in japanese Lebanon

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Smoke billows after an Israeli strike on the southern Lebanese border village of Tayr Harfa on April 6, 2024.
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Israel’s army stated on April 7 its warplanes had struck Hezbollah websites in japanese Lebanon, the place the Iran-backed group has a robust presence, in retaliation for one among its drones being downed.

A supply near Hezbollah stated in japanese Lebanon’s Baalbek area that the strikes focused Janta and Sifri within the Bekaa Valley, round 80 km from the closest Israeli frontier.

The Israeli army stated on Telegram that “fighter jets struck a military complex and three other terrorist infrastructure sites belonging to Hezbollah’s air defence network” within the area.

It stated the strikes have been “in retaliation for the attack” during which an Army “drone was shot down” by a surface-to-air missile on April 6.

A supply from Lebanon’s civil defence stated there have been no casualties.

Israel and Hezbollah have exchanged near-daily cross-border hearth since Palestinian militant group Hamas carried out an unprecedented assault on southern Israel on October 7, triggering warfare in Gaza.

Hamas ally Hezbollah typically targets Israeli positions near the border, whereas Israel has carried out deeper raids into Lebanese territory, additionally concentrating on commanders from the Shia Muslim militant group.

Hezbollah introduced it had shot down an Israeli Hermes 900 drone over Lebanese territory on Saturday night, after initially figuring out it as a Hermes 450.

On April 7, the group stated it fired “dozens of Katyusha rockets” at two Israeli bases “in response to the enemy’s attacks on the Bekaa area”.

‘Hangar’ focused

Sifri is positioned within the Bekaa Valley plain, whereas close by Janta is an arid mountainous area nearer to the border with Syria.

Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency (NNA) stated the goal of the Israeli strikes in Sifri was a “hangar”.

Israel launched comparable strikes towards Hezbollah targets within the Bekaa Valley in February after the group stated it had shot down one other Israeli drone.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah stated in a televised speech on April 5 that his motion had not but used its “main” weapons, and reiterated that Hezbollah would stop its assaults solely when the warfare in Gaza ends.

The cross-border hostilities have killed at the least 359 folks in Lebanon, principally Hezbollah fighters, but additionally at the least 70 civilians, in line with an AFP tally.

The combating has displaced tens of hundreds of individuals in southern Lebanon and in northern Israel, the place the army says 10 troopers and eight civilians have been killed.

On April 6, the Risala Scout affiliation, which is affiliated with the Hezbollah-allied Amal motion and operates emergency groups in south Lebanon, stated a rescuer had died.

An official from the group advised AFP he had been wounded days earlier in south Lebanon.

Separately, the NNA reported {that a} lady wounded beforehand in an “enemy drone” strike within the border village of Yarin had additionally died of her wounds.

The hostilities have raised fears of all-out battle between Hezbollah and Israel, which final went to warfare in 2006.

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