For the first time since the 2006 Lebanon War, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror organization fired a barrage of rockets into Northern Israel, sending residents scrambling to bomb shelters.
For the first time since the Second Lebanon War, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror organization fired a barrage of rockets into Northern Israel, activating the Iron Dome and sending residents scrambling to bomb shelters.
Nineteen rockets were fired at northern Israel from Lebanon on Friday morning, sending residents in a number of towns in the Golan Heights and Galilee Panhandle scrambling to shelters. The Hezbollah terror group later acknowledged responsibility for the barrage, in a first since the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
The Israel Defense Forces said 10 projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system and six landed in open around Mount Dov. Another three rockets failed to clear the border and landed in Lebanese territory, according to the military.
The Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group confirmed it had fired the missiles, which it said came in response to recent Israeli airstrikes in Lebanon. Several previous rocket attacks on Israel have been attributed to Hezbollah, but it has not acknowledged responsibility.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage in Friday’s rocket attack. The Magen David Adom ambulance service said it was not aware of any injuries.
An IDF spokesman Ron Kochav said that Hezbollah had deliberately fired the rockets at open areas and not populated cities like Kiryat Shmona. “This is a moderate response from Hezbollah, as to not escalate the situation,” Kochav said.
“We have no interest in intensifying the conflict or in starting a war, but we will not let the border area become an active front line,” he said.
Earlier this week, Ebrahim Raisi, also known as the ‘Butcher of Tehran’, was sworn in as the new President of Iran. Iran maintains direct control of the operation of Hezbollah,
Earlier this week, Ebrahim Raisi, was sworn in as the new President of Iran. Raisi is also known as the ‘Butcher of Tehran’ for his role in executing thousands of political prisoners after the Iranian revolution. Iran maintains direct control of all operation of Hezbollah.