Israel attacked Hezbollah terrorist targets in Lebanon in a new day of hostilities

Israel attacked this Saturday targets of the terrorist group Hezbollah in the south of Lebanonin a new day of hostilities on the border between both countries, which is experiencing its worst climb since 2006.

The Israeli Army reported in a statement that last night and this morning it attacked, with artillery support, targets of the Lebanese Shiite group such as “infrastructure and a military complex”.

The attacks come after on Friday a Israeli soldier killed and another seriously injured in northern Israel by a militia offensive from southern Lebanon, while Hezbollah claimed responsibility for several attacks in which he assured that there were “confirmed casualties” among the Army of the Jewish State.

The Israeli-Lebanese border is experiencing its highest peak of tension since the war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006, following a resurgence in aggression by pro-Palestinian militias the day after the outbreak of the war between the Hamas terrorist group and Israel in the Gaza Strip last October 7th.

Smoke rising after Israeli airstrikes on the outskirts of Alma Al-Shaab, Lebanon. Europa Press/Contact/Ali Hashisho/Archive (Europa Press/Contact/Ali Hashish/)

Since the beginning of hostilities in the area, more than 168 dead: 12 in Israel -8 soldiers and 4 civilians- and at least 156 in Lebanon, including 121 members of Hezbollah, 16 members of Palestinian militias, one soldier and 18 civilians.

Israel has deployed more than 200,000 troops to its northern border, where violence has also displaced thousands of residents: some 80,000 people have been evacuated from communities in northern Israel and more than 70,000 have fled southern Lebanon.

Israel achieved almost total control of the northern Gaza Strip

The Israeli Army has achieved almost total control of the northern Gaza Strip in the war against the Islamist group Hamas. The spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, Daniel Hagariassured this Friday that the Army has already entered into “the final stages of operational control from the northern Gaza Strip almost two months after the start of its bloody military campaign in the Palestinian enclave following the Hamas attacks.

According to Hagari, the troops deployed in northern Gaza – the initial scene of Israeli operations – are immersed in active fighting against the last battalions that Hamas has standing in the area, especially in the neighborhoods of Daraj and Tufá, in Gaza City, as well as in other areas where the clashes are “of lower intensity.”

The Israeli army operates in a location identified as Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, in this screenshot taken from a video obtained on December 22, 2023. Israel Defense Forces/Handout via REUTERS
The Israeli army operates in a location identified as Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, in this screenshot taken from a video obtained on December 22, 2023. Israel Defense Forces/Handout via REUTERS (ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES/)

On the other hand, the Israeli military spokesman has highlighted that IDF troops “continue ground operations in Khan Younis”, one of the main cities of the Gaza Strip, located in the south of the Palestinian enclave, according to information collected by the newspaper The Times of Israel.

“IDF troops continue ground operations in Khan Younis and, at the same time, are preparing to expand activity to additional areas of the Strip, with emphasis on the south,” Hagari stressed.

The Army revealed this Friday the discovery of another large network of Hamas tunnels in Issasouth of Gaza City – a city located in the north of the Palestinian enclave – and published images showing a trained dog checking the underground passages.

Israeli soldiers in a tunnel that the army says Hamas used to attack the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Dec. 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit/File)
Israeli soldiers in a tunnel that the army says Hamas used to attack the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Dec. 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit/File) (Ariel Schalit/)

They are “tunnels hundreds of meters long, which include command and communication rooms, hiding places, bunkers of concrete and water and electricity installations,” indicated a military spokesperson.

“This multi-level structure served as an underground barracks. Its floors were used for storage, hiding places, command and control and movement of operations between different areas,” he added, specifying that the tunnel was destroyed.

(With information from EFE and Europa Press)

Source-www.infobae.com