IDF strikes deep in Lebanon after Hezbollah drone attack

The IDF struck several sites in the Baalbek area in eastern Lebanon on Wednesday night, just hours after Hezbollah launched a drone toward a site west of Tiberias in northern Israel, according to Lebanese reports.

The airstrikes targeted sites near the towns of Nabi Chit and Brital in the Bekaa Valley, according to Lebanese reports.

On Wednesday evening, Hezbollah said it launched Kamikaze drones toward an IDF base west of Tiberias in northern Israel, the deepest strike the terrorist group has claimed in Israel since the start of the war in October. According to Israeli media, a kamikaze drone exploded near the Golani Junction, causing damage. No casualties were reported in the incident.

The attack came a day after an Israeli strike killed a Hezbollah field commander, Hussein Mekki, in southern Lebanon. The Israeli military said Mekki was responsible for attacks against Israeli civilians and territory since the start of the Gaza war in October.

Members of Hezbollah attend the funeral of Wissam Tawil, a commander of Hezbollah’s elite Radwan forces who according to Lebanese security sources was killed during an Israeli strike on south Lebanon, in Khirbet Silem, Lebanon, January 9, 2024. (credit: REUTERS/AZIZ TAHER)

Attack came “in retaliation”

Hezbollah said on Wednesday that its drone attack was in response to “assassinations” carried out by Israel but did not specify that it was in retaliation for Mekki’s killing.

Earlier on Wednesday, about 60 rockets were fired in a barrage toward the Kiryat Shmona and Meron areas in northern Israel.

Over 260 Hezbollah terrorists have been killed in Israeli strikes on southern Lebanon over the last seven months.

In April, Hezbollah said it had struck Israeli military bases north of the city of Acre with drones, which was at the time the deepest its attacks had reached.

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