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Hezbollah targets Israeli regional council in drone strike

Fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance parade at an event marking International al-Quds Day, the last Friday of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in Beirut, Lebanon. (File photo by Anadolu news agency)

Fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement have targeted an Israeli regional council headquarters in the north of 1948 Israeli-occupied territories, amid exchanges of near-daily fire between the two sides since the occupying regime launched its assault on Gaza.

Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network, citing a Hezbollah statement, reported that the group struck the headquarters of the Upper Galilee Regional Council in Kiryat Shmona city with two drones on Friday with targets being hit precisely.

Hezbollah noted that the drone strike was in retaliation for recent Israeli strikes on “southern villages and civilian homes,” including yesterday’s strike on a civil defense center at Blida border village in southern Lebanon.

The Hezbollah-linked Islamic Health Committee said two of its paramedics were killed in a “direct” Israeli attack on a civil defense center in Blida, while Hezbollah also announced the death of one of its fighters.

The Islamic Health Committee said the attack caused “the destruction of the health center as well as a number of ambulances.”

This picture shows the aftermath of an Israeli strike on a civil defense center in Blida border village, southern Lebanon, on February 22, 2024. (Photo by Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network)

The night before, Hezbollah also fired rockets at Israeli barracks in response to the Blida attack but did not announce any casualties at the time.

Two other Hezbollah fighters were also killed on Thursday in an Israeli drone strike on a residential building in Kfar Rumman, near the southern Lebanese city of Nabatiyeh.

Hezbollah retaliated with rocket fire and launched “dozens of Katyusha rockets” at two Israeli barracks. It later called one of the two fighters killed a “commander.”

On Friday, a Lebanese army soldier was wounded in al-Wazzani as the Israeli military targeted the border town with heavy machine-gun fire and artillery shells.

Israeli artillery units also shelled the southern border villages of Yaroun and Blida.

The Israeli regime launched its devastating hostilities in the Gaza Strip on October 7 after the territory’s Hamas-led Palestinian resistance groups carried out a surprise retaliatory attack, dubbed Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, against the occupying entity.

The Israeli military has also been carrying out attacks against the Lebanese territory since then, prompting retaliatory strikes from Hezbollah in support of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

The movement has vowed to keep up its retaliatory operations as long as the Tel Aviv regime continues its onslaught on Gaza.

The Israeli campaign in Gaza has killed at least 29,514 people, most of them women and children. Another 69,616 individuals have also been wounded.

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