Monday, 20 November 2023 | Hezbollah terrorists in Southern Lebanon fired dozens of mortar shells at communities in the Upper Galilee on Sunday as the Israel Defense Forces [IDF] downed at least two enemy UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] near the border.
Mortars were fired on Sunday morning at Kibbutz Misgav Am, Shlomi and Betzet. The shells struck in open areas, the IDF said, causing no casualties or damage.
The IDF responded with artillery fire at the source of the attacks. In addition, Israel Air Force jets struck infrastructure belonging to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Later on Sunday, Israeli forces in two separate instances intercepted “suspicious aerial targets” that crossed over from the Land of the Cedars, the IDF said, without providing further details.
Iranian–backed Hezbollah subsequently confirmed its terrorist forces carried out 15 attacks against Israeli targets in the border region.
On Sunday night, air-raid sirens sounded in Moshav Dalton near the Upper Galilee city of Safed, with the IDF saying it intercepted a “suspicious target.”
Hezbollah has been testing the waters in recent weeks, initiating a series of fire exchanges as the Jewish state fights Hamas terrorists to the south.
Since October 7, three Israeli civilians and six IDF soldiers have been killed in attacks on the northern border. Many more have been wounded.
Hezbollah has fired “more than 1,000 munitions” at the Jewish state over the past 44 days, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant told reporters during a brief on Sunday.
“Iran is the root of hostility and aggression against the State of Israel. The war is multifront, even though its intensity is focused on Gaza,” said Gallant.
“We thwart [missile and rocket] squads and hit military assets and targets, Hezbollah pays a heavy price every day,” added the defense minister.
During a visit to the IDF’s Desert Reconnaissance Battalion on November 13, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hezbollah is playing with fire.
“In these exchanges of fire in the north, there is someone who thinks he can expand the attacks against our forces and our civilians,” said Netanyahu, in an apparent reference to Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah.
“Fire will be met by much stronger fire. They should not try us because we have shown only a little of our might. Any attack against us—we will attack those who attack us,” threatened the premier.
Posted on November 20, 2023
Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on November 19, 2023. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)
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