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Hezbollah Launches 215 Rockets, Several Missiles And Drones At Israel After Death Of Sr. Hezbollah Commander

Firefighters respond to a fire that broke out after a Hezbollah rocket attack into northern Israel, in the Golan Heights, June 13, 2024. A series of fires have broken out in the region recently following rocket attacks by Hezbollah, an extremist political group based in Lebanon across Israel’s northern border. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

OAN’s Brooke Mallory
Thursday, June 13, 2024 5:51 PM

Hezbollah fired more than 215 rockets into northern Israel on Wednesday, as well as numerous missiles and drones, in retaliation for an Israeli strike the previous night that killed the terrorist group’s key commander.

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The barrage was Hezbollah’s largest since October 7.NumberFighting continues on the border with Lebanon.

Moreover, the terrorist group vowed to step up attacks in retaliation for Israel’s ousting of top commander Taleb Abdullah. Hezbollah leader Hashem Safieddine declared during a funeral procession in Beirut that Hezbollah would increase the scale, momentum and intensity of its operations against Israel.

“If our enemies are crying and lamenting about what happened in northern Palestine, they should be prepared to cry,” Safieddine said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu carried out a security assessment on Wednesday night “in light of the situation in the north,” his office said.

Tens of thousands of Jewish Israelis were celebrating the Shavuot holiday on Wednesday morning when the first Hezbollah attacks began, targeting several locations in northern Israel, including Rosh Pina, Safed and Tiberias, with rocket fire.

“The IDF said 70 more rockets were fired at the Mount Meron area, where an air traffic control base is located. Ten more rockets were fired at the northern community of Zarit, and an anti-tank guided missile struck the factory of Plasan armored vehicle manufacturer in Sasakibutu, damaging it. Later in the afternoon, a drone launched from Lebanon exploded in a vacant lot near the northern community of Zivon, local authorities said,” local authorities said. The Israel Times Exit.

More rockets were fired into Western and Upper Galilee regions in the afternoon, but the Israeli military said its air defenses still managed to shoot down a number of them. No one was killed or injured in the attacks, but many of the rocket attacks sparked fires in northern Israel.

The Fire and Rescue Department reported that around 25 fire brigades and eight aircraft were working to extinguish the fires near Beit Yan, Ein Zeitim forest and near Amiad.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for a barrage of rocket and missile attacks, targeting the Plasan factory, the Amiad camp about 20 kilometres from the border and the Meron air traffic control facility.

Hezbollah said the attack was in retaliation for an Israeli strike that killed Abdullah and three other operatives on Tuesday night near Juaiya in southern Lebanon, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) north of the Israeli border.

On Wednesday, the IDF confirmed that it had indeed shot down four.

Hezbollah’s Nasr Force was one of three regional forces in southern Lebanon that Abdullah commanded. Covering the area of ​​southern Lebanon between Mount Dov and Bint Jbeil, it is considered the terror group’s first line of attack and defense against Israel.

Abdullah was the “most senior” Hezbollah commander the IDF reported killing during the conflict.

Hezbollah declared Abdullah dead in a statement, calling him its “commander.” The only other operative it had referred to as a commander was Wissam al-Tawil, the deputy leader of the terrorist group’s Radwan Force, who was also killed by Israel in January.

Al-Tawil was considered inferior to Abdullah.

The Israel Defense Forces said Abdullah had carried out several attacks in northern Israel over the past eight months, primarily targeting the city of Kiryat Shmona as well as villages and military facilities in the Galilee, Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights.

Just hours before his death, Abdullah ordered a rocket attack on the Kiryat Shmona area on Tuesday night, as Israelis were celebrating Shavuot, the Jewish fasting month.

The army released a video of the attack on Juayya after the commander and the three operatives met inside the building. All four were killed.

The IDF also considered Abdullah a “source” due to his extensive history with terrorist groups: He served as commander of the Bint Jbeil area during the 2006 Lebanon War and was involved in a kidnapping attempt in Ghajar in 2005, according to the military.

The IDF said it was preparing to respond to the Hezbollah attack and expected further attacks throughout the day.

Following the missile barrage, the IDF claimed to have struck four Hezbollah positions in the southern Lebanese town of Yater that were used to launch the attack. The military said rocket launchers deployed in the barrages in Haneen and Yaroun were also hit.

Hezbollah-led fighters have been attacking Israeli communities and military facilities along the border almost daily since the day after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack.NumberThe group claims it is doing this to further support Gaza.

The border clashes so far have left 10 Israeli civilians dead, along with 15 IDF soldiers and reservists, and have led to multiple Syrian attacks without any casualties.

According to Hezbollah, Israel has killed 342 of its members in the current clashes, which are taking place mainly in Lebanon but also in Syria, along with numerous civilians in Lebanon, one Lebanese soldier, and another 62 terrorist operatives.

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