Israel: Hezbollah strikes back after three members killed

Militant Lebanese Shia Islamist group, Hezbollah struck back at Israel following the killing of 3 of their members on October 9, according to Reuters. 

The three were killed as they tried to infiltrate into Israel from Lebanon. 

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said that they had gunned down multiple armed suspects that were crossing from the neighbouring country and that their helicopters were striking Israel 

Tensions escalated in the Levant as on October 7 Palestinian militant group, Hamas, an ally of Hezbollah, attacked Israel’s Southern flank from the caged Gaza Strip.  

At least 800 people in Israel and 560 in Gaza have been killed since then according to statistics from officials on both sides of the divide.

The Palestinian nationalist group has been in control of the Gaza Strip since 2007 and rejects the notion of a two-state solution as well as promoting a solid position on the creation of Palestinian Islamic State from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. 

Following the killing of the trio, Hezbollah released three separate statements.  

A source from the group told the AFP a member was killed “in an Israeli strike on a watchtower in south Lebanon” 

The second source claimed that the three casualties, “martyred as a result of the Zionist aggression on south Lebanon Monday afternoon,”. 

They also said,“The Al-Quds Brigades claim responsibility for the afternoon operation on the south Lebanon border,”. 

The Al-Quds Brigade is the armed wing of the Islamist, Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Israel has warned the Hamas friendly Lebanese group on multiple occasions to not intervene in the escalating conflict between them and Gaza. 

Israel’s hard-right Defence Minister, Yoav Gallant said in August 2023, “Do not make a mistake. We do not want a war. But we are prepared to protect our civilians, our soldiers and our sovereignty,” . 

REUTERS 

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