Explosions rocked the border between Israel and Lebanon on Sunday as the Israeli military launched strikes on militant positions. The Israeli military stated that these strikes were in retaliation for anti-tank missiles fired by fighters based in Lebanon, which caused injuries to Israeli civilians. This latest conflict along the northern border with Lebanon is the most intense since 2006.
To support their claims, the Israeli military released footage showing strikes on buildings that they identified as Hezbollah targets in Lebanon. These attacks occurred just a day after Israel’s defense minister, Yoav Gallant, warned Hezbollah against provoking a war, stating that Israel was capable of taking similar actions in Beirut.
The ongoing battle between Israeli forces and Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip has further exacerbated tensions along the border with Lebanon. This conflict began when the Hamas Islamist group launched a surprise attack on Israeli communities, resulting in the deaths of 1,200 people, primarily civilians. Israel responded with devastating airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, resulting in over 11,000 deaths, with approximately 40% of them being children, according to the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry.
The escalation of violence has raised concerns about the potential for a second front between Israel and Hezbollah. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, in a recent address, boasted about the group’s weaponry and vowed to maintain an active front against their sworn enemy in the south. The situation remains highly volatile, with both sides on high alert and the risk of further clashes and casualties looming.