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Hezbollah launches heaviest rocket attack after Israeli strike kills family

Smoke rises as seen from border between Lebanon and the 1948 Israeli-occupied territories on November 12, 2023. (File photo by Reuters)

Fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement have launched heavy rocket barrages at an Israeli kibbutzim in the northern sector of the 1948 occupied territories in response to an air raid that killed three civilians in southern Lebanon.

Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network, citing a brief Hezbollah statement, reported that resistance fighters fired dozens of Katyusha-type rockets at Kfar Blum kibbutz in the Upper Galilee region on Tuesday evening.

It said the rocket fire was in retaliation for a deadly Israeli attack on a house in the southern Lebanese town of Houla, which killed all members of a three-strong family.

A Hezbollah rocket struck the yard of a home in Kfar Blum, causing damage, local Israeli authorities said.

A municipality spokeswoman said, 'It is a very heavy barrage."

Earlier, Hezbollah had fired a large barrage of rockets at the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Shemona.

The resistance fighters also targeted the Avivim moshav, located less than one kilometer from the Blue Line with Lebanon, with a salvo of rockets “in response to Israeli attacks on villages and civilian homes in southern Lebanon.’

Al-Mayadeen TV reported that more than 50 rockets were fired from southern Lebanon toward the Upper Galilee region, noting that the majority of the projectiles successfully struck designated targets in the Israeli-occupied lands.

Israeli media outlets said the rocket barrages were one of the heaviest to be launched toward the Upper Galilee since the start of cross-border confrontation on October 8, noting that the attacks caused a power outage in the area.

The Israeli regime launched the devastating war on Gaza 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 Lebanon’s resistance movement 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 war on Gaza has killed at least 30,717 people, most of them children and women. Another 72,156 individuals have also been wounded.

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