Israel assured this Sunday having eliminated more than one hundred Hezbollah terrorists in southern Lebanon over the past month. An Israeli Army spokesman, Col. Olivier Rafowiczreferred at a press conference in Jerusalem to the “escalation” of violence in the border area between Israel and Lebanon.
Rafowicz stated that the Lebanese terrorist group is trying with their attacks from Lebanon “distract” Israel of his war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
“Hezbollah is aware that Hamas is losing”he commented, and “wants to help” the Palestinian terrorist group in Gaza.
“We are not going to lose focus” on Gaza, but if Hezbollah “decides to go to a total war, the price will be very high for Hezbollah and for Lebanon, let’s hope that is not the case,” he warned.
Israel does not want Lebanon to also have to fight a war like the one in Gaza, which is why it demands compliance with United Nations resolution 1701 of 2006 on the cessation of hostilities in the area, he noted.
The military spokesman said that behind the attacks on Israel from Lebanon, Syria or Yemen is Iran: “The terrorist regime of Iran is responsible for terrorist activities.”
For his part, the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Lior Haiatmade reference to the recent US veto in the UN Security Council of a resolution for a ceasefire in Gaza.
“It is very important not only for the war in Gaza, but also to prevent another war in the Middle East,” he argued.
This Sunday, the Israeli Army reported that two of its soldiers were injured by shrapnel on the border with Lebanon after the Israeli air defense system intercepted two drones launched from the Arab country. As a reply, Israeli troops attacked Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon.
The Lebanese National News Agency (ANN), reported this Sunday that Israel bombed several towns in southern Lebanon, causing damage to civil and military facilities.
The terrorist group claimed that it attacked several gatherings of Israeli soldiers across the border with all types of weapons, from drones, anti-tank projectiles and guided rockets.
The border between Israel and Lebanon is experiencing its highest peak of tension since the war that Israel and Hezbollah fought in 2006, with an exchange of fire that began on October 8, the day after the war against Hamas broke out in Gaza.
Hezbollah and Palestinian militias in southern Lebanon have launched rockets, drones and anti-tank missiles, to which Israel, which has deployed more than 200,000 soldiers on its northern border, has responded with intense air and artillery attacks.
Since the beginning of hostilities in the area, more than 120 deaths have been recorded on that border: 11 in Israel (7 soldiers and 4 civilians); and at least 110 in Lebanon, including about 80 members of Hezbollah – admitted by the Shiite group -, 12 members of Palestinian militias, one soldier and 17 civilians, including three journalists and three children.
The violence has also displaced thousands of people, with some 60,000 evacuated from communities in northern Israel and more than 55,000 fleeing southern Lebanon.
(With information from EFE)