3 Hezbollah Fighters Killed, 2 Wounded in Israeli Airstrike on Southern Lebanon

Hezbollah-Israel conflict escalates, with airstrikes and missile attacks, threatening further destabilization in the Middle East. Urgent calls for restraint to prevent the conflict from spiraling out of control.

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3 Hezbollah Fighters Killed, 2 Wounded in Israeli Airstrike on Southern Lebanon

3 Hezbollah Fighters Killed, 2 Wounded in Israeli Airstrike on Southern Lebanon

Three Hezbollah fighters were killed and two others seriously wounded in an Israeli airstrike on a house in the Al-Jebbayn area of southern Lebanon. Hezbollah confirmed the casualties and said it had attacked two buildings used by Israeli soldiers in northern Israel in response.

The violence is part of near-daily cross-border exchanges of fire between the Israeli army and Hezbollah since the start of the Gaza war over 6 months ago, which has killed at least 375 people in Lebanon and 18 in northern Israel. Hezbollah has intensified its attacks against Israeli military positions in recent days, amid escalating tensions across the Middle East.

The tensions have been rising after an attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, which was widely blamed on Israel. Iran responded by launching more than 300 missiles and drones at Israeli territory, which Israel had warned it would retaliate against. While the Israeli retaliation appeared to target sites in Iran, Iranian officials downplayed the incident, calling it the flight of "toys" used by children.

Why this matters: The ongoing conflict between Israel and Iran-backed groups like Hezbollah threatens to further destabilize the Middle East region. The escalating violence risks drawing in other countries and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where over 34,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the past six months.

Hezbollah launched a series of strikes against the Israeli army, targeting military sites near Lebanon's southern border. The group says it fired missiles at Israeli soldiers deployed near Har Addir mountain and targeted spy equipment in the Israeli outpost of Al Raheb. Hezbollah also struck the Hadb Yarin outpost and the Ruwaizat Al Alam in the Kfar Shouba Hills.

In response, sirens sounded in Even Menachem, Shomera, and Kiryat Shmona in Israel. Israeli airstrikes targeted a house in Kfarkela and the town of Aita Al Shaab, while Israeli artillery shelled the town of Dhayra. Hezbollah officials stated that they will respond proportionately to any Israeli violation and that the fighting in southern Lebanon will continue until Israel halts its attacks on Gaza.

The violence has also flared up in the occupied West Bank, with at least 14 Palestinians killed during a 40-hour Israeli raid on a refugee camp. The ongoing conflict in Gaza has resulted in the deaths of over 34,000 people, mostly civilians, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

Hezbollah officials reiterated that "the fighting in southern Lebanon will continue until Israel halts its attacks on Gaza." The group vowed to respond proportionately to any Israeli violations. As the violence continues to escalate, the international community is urging restraint on all sides to prevent the conflict from spiraling out of control and further destabilizing the <a href="https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20240420-iran-israel-appear-to-pull-back-from-brink-as-gaza-bombed-

Key Takeaways

  • 3 Hezbollah fighters killed, 2 wounded in Israeli airstrike in Lebanon.
  • Hezbollah attacked Israeli military sites in response, triggering Israeli airstrikes.
  • Ongoing conflict between Israel and Iran-backed groups threatens regional stability.
  • Violence also flared up in West Bank, with 14 Palestinians killed in Israeli raid.
  • Hezbollah vows to respond proportionately to any Israeli violations until Gaza attacks halt.