Egypt, EU to continue joint efforts to halt Gaza war

BEIRUT: An Israeli military drone on Monday targeted a car in Tire and a motorcycle in Qlaileh, southern Lebanon, killing one Hezbollah member and seriously wounding another.

Hezbollah announced the death of the victim, identified as Mustafa Hassan Salman, born in 1991 in Qlaileh.

The Israeli army also hit a goat farm in Jabal Tourah, Jezzine, killing more than 500 goats.

The reason for the extent of hostilities, which violates the rules of warfare, remains unclear.

After targeting a Hezbollah operation in Deir Qanoun En Nahr three weeks ago, the Israeli military targeted Maaroub in southern Lebanon and Chaat in Baalbek-Hermel on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to expanding its sphere of operations, Israel is pushing ever deeper into Lebanon.

One political observer feared that “Israel, which is unlikely to want to expand the war, will continue to assassinate and target Hezbollah members in any region of Lebanon, even if the war on the southern front ends.”

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said on Monday: “We want to get Hezbollah to reach an agreement that allows residents to return to their homes.”

Sunday was one of the most challenging days on the southern front as Hezbollah launched an operation in Israel’s Golan Heights in response to the killing of Hezbollah member Maytham Mustafa Al-Attar in Chaat, Baalbek.

Israeli army spokesman Avichay Adraee said on Monday that the army “on Sunday night raided Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, including a military site in Jabal Tourah, a Hezbollah weapons depot in Qabrikha, a military building in Tallouseh, and Houla and Aita Al facilities. – Shaab.

He added that the army had carried out artillery barrages to repel threats in several areas of southern Lebanon.

A Marjayoun family miraculously escaped death after a rocket hit their home but did not explode.

Another rocket fell in Qabrikha, but did not explode.

In response to Al-Attar’s killing, Hezbollah launched a drone attack on Mount Hermon in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, where Israel maintains a key observation post.

They said it was the first such bombing since they began firing with Israel on October 8.

The attack hit intelligence equipment and technical systems and caused heavy fire, Hezbollah said.

Israel has key surveillance, espionage and air defense facilities on Mount Hermon, which overlooks the Syrian capital Damascus and monitors the rest of the country.

Hezbollah also fired dozens of Katyusha rockets at the Nimra base, the first attack since nine months of clashes in the northern region near Tiberias.

Hezbollah fired dozens of Katyusha missiles at the newly established headquarters of the 91st Division in Ayelet Barracks, as well as military sites in Liman, Bayad Blida, Birkat Risa, Al-Raheb and Al-Baghdadi.

Several American citizens and an Israeli settler were injured.

The Israeli army retaliated with its first airstrike on the town of Maaroub, targeting and destroying a concrete water storage tank.

Maaroub, in the Tire district, is considered a Hezbollah stronghold, being the hometown of former minister and co-founder Mohammed Fneish.

An Israeli warplane also hit a house in the city of Naqoura.

The Israeli army bombarded the town of Bustane with phosphorus bombs, causing fires in agricultural fields and olive groves.

As part of the diplomatic efforts, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has been in Israel since Sunday after intensive discussions with Lebanese leaders and stakeholders to explore options for de-escalation across the Blue Line.

According to a statement from his office, “his visit to Israel precedes the planned consultations of the UN Security Council on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701 of 2006 at the end of the month.”

He said discussions with Israeli officials focused on the importance of restoring peace and creating the possibility of a diplomatic solution that would allow displaced civilians from both sides to return home. In addition, they will address the pending provisions of Resolution 1701.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry warned on Monday that “attacks against Lebanon create a basis for increasing tension in the region and threaten its security and peace.”

According to a statement from Iran’s Foreign Ministry, “Defending Lebanon is a fundamental principle for us, and there is no doubt that we will support Lebanon against any Israeli aggression.”

He added: “Israel bears the consequences of the attack on Lebanon and the international community must take responsibility.”

Leave a Comment