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Hezbollah says Israel will ‘pay the price’ after deadly attack

Hezbollah announced on Thursday that Israel would pay a “price” for killing 10 people, including five children, in southern Lebanon. It was the deadliest day for Lebanese civilians in four months of fighting across the Lebanese-Israeli border.

An Israeli airstrike killed seven people, including three children, in the city of Nabatiyeh late Wednesday, Lebanese sources said.

The incident followed an earlier attack in which a woman and two children were killed in the border village of Al Sawana.

An Israeli airstrike killed seven people, including three children, in the city of Nabatiyeh late Wednesday, Lebanese sources said. Reuters

“Our enemies will pay for these crimes,” Hezbollah politician Hassan Fadlallah told Reuters. “The Resistance will continue to exercise its legitimate right to protect its people.”

Several terrorists from the Lebanese armed group were also killed in separate attacks on Wednesday, including in Nabatiyeh, according to Lebanese militants and security sources.

Asked about the Nabatiyeh attack, an Israeli military spokesperson said on Thursday: “We are awaiting further information on this incident and will update as soon as we have further details.”

The conflict between Hezbollah and Israel, supported by Iran, gaza warthere are growing concerns about the risk of full-scale conflict between heavily armed adversaries.

“Our enemies will pay for these crimes,” Hezbollah politician Hassan Fadlallah told Reuters. “The Resistance will continue to exercise its legitimate right to protect its people.” Reuters
The Israeli attack follows an earlier one that killed a woman and two children in the border village of Al-Sawana. AFP (via Getty Images)

Both sides say they do not want all-out war, and the conflict is largely confined to the border.

A person familiar with Hezbollah’s thinking said the attack on Nabatiyeh signaled an escalation by Israel but remained within its unwritten “rules of engagement.”

Israel said on Wednesday it responded to cross-border rocket fire from Lebanon that left one soldier dead and eight hospitalized in the city of Safed, about 15 kilometers from the Lebanese border.

On February 15, 2024, rescue teams inspect a building targeted by an Israeli airstrike during the night in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatiyeh. AFP (via Getty Images)

Hezbollah did not claim responsibility for the attack.

border tensions

Hezbollah has attacked Israeli targets on the border almost every day since Palestinian ally Hamas attacked Israel from Gaza on October 7, killing 1,200 people and abducting about 250, according to Israeli tallies. conducting an attack.

Health officials in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip say Hezbollah will end its operations only if Israel stops its attacks on the strip, where more than 28,000 people have been killed.

Lebanese Civil Defense said three children were killed in the attack in Nabatiyeh. Authorities initially put the number of children killed at four, but later revealed that one of them was still alive.

Since Hamas attacked Israel from Gaza on October 7, Hezbollah has carried out almost daily attacks against Israeli targets on the border.
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Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati condemned the airstrike and instructed Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib to register a new complaint with the UN Security Council regarding the airstrike.

The violence has forced tens of thousands of people from their homes on both sides of the border.

Israeli Defense Minister Job Gallant spoke with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin overnight about ongoing “threats and attacks by Hezbollah in Lebanon,” according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Cross-border shelling has already killed more than 200 people in Lebanon, including more than 170 Hezbollah terrorists. Reuters

“Minister Galland reiterated his determination to ensure the security of our northern borders and the safe return of displaced persons, whether through diplomatic channels or military action,” the statement said.

Referring to recent Israeli airstrikes in Lebanon, Fadlallah said: “Such crimes involve (Israeli) occupation forces attempting to provide security to settlers in the north or pressuring Lebanon to accept conditions. I wouldn’t be able to do that,” he said. The only option is to stop the massacre in Gaza. ”

In Nabatiers, civil defense rescue workers were searching the damaged first floor of the building on Thursday morning, with two ambulances parked nearby in case more bodies or survivors were found.

Civil defense rescue workers were searching the first floor of a damaged building in Nabatiers on Thursday morning. Reuters

The first two floors suffered the most damage, with household items such as torn curtains, mattresses and plastic kitchen utensils strewn across the front garden.

The cross-border shelling has already killed more than 200 people in Lebanon, including more than 170 Hezbollah terrorists, as well as about 12 Israeli soldiers and five Israeli civilians. ing.

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