Lebanon | Hezbollah says it targeted command center in northern Israel

(Beirut) Lebanese Hezbollah claimed to have targeted an Israeli army command center in the north of the country on Tuesday, in response to the elimination of the number two of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and a senior military official from its formation .

The Lebanese Islamist movement said in a statement that it had targeted “the command center of the northern region of the Israeli army” using “several suicide drones”, in “response” to the January 2 elimination of the number two from Hamas, Saleh al-Arouri, and that of its leader, Wissam Tawil, killed Monday.

For its part, the Israeli army announced that “interceptors had been launched towards several hostile air targets crossing Lebanon towards Israeli territory”, after sirens sounded.

The army confirmed that “an enemy aircraft had fallen on its base” in northern Israel, “without causing any injuries or damage”.

Saleh al-Arouri and six other Hamas officials and executives were killed in a strike attributed to Israel on January 2, in the southern suburbs of Beirut, a stronghold of Hezbollah.

On Saturday, Hezbollah fired dozens of rockets towards a military base in Meron, in northern Israel, an attack presented as its first response to this strike.

And on Monday, Hezbollah’s armed wing announced the death of “Commander Wissam Hassan Tawil”, after an Israeli strike targeted his car in southern Lebanon, according to a security source at AFP.

This is the highest-ranking Hezbollah military official killed since the Lebanese Islamist movement opened the front with Israel to support Palestinian Hamas.

Wissam Tawil had participated in the capture of Israeli soldiers who started the war in the summer of 2006 against Israel, but also the “specific operations that he carried out in Syria”, according to the party.

The group also clarified that it had “led numerous operations” against Israeli soldiers on the Israeli-Lebanese border since October 7, 2023.

Hezbollah’s number two, Naim Qassem, said Tuesday that the assassination of leaders, including Wissam Tawil, whom he described as “a commander of the al-Radwan force”, Hezbollah’s elite unit, was not “a hindrance, but rather a motivation to move forward with more determination”.

The funeral of Wissam Tawil was organized in the town of Kherbet Selm where he was killed, in southern Lebanon on Tuesday.

Earlier in the morning, an Israeli strike targeted a car in Ghandouriyyé, a town in southern Lebanon, according to the official Lebanese Ani Agency. The attack left “three dead within Hezbollah,” a security source told AFP.

Exchanges of fire between the Israeli army and Hezbollah have occurred daily on the border between Israel and Lebanon since October 8.

Since the start of the violence, Hezbollah has lost more than 135 fighters in Israeli strikes in southern Lebanon. More than twenty civilians, including three journalists, also died, according to an AFP count.

reference: www.lapresse.ca

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