February 20, 2024

BEIRUT: Israeli artillery shelling intensified on Thursday at numerous Lebanese border cities the place Hezbollah is energetic.

Warfare correspondents reported “the usage of phosphorus bombs by the Israeli military in shelling the outskirts of the city of Khiam.” 

Israeli Channel 14 reported that the Iron Dome intercepted 20 missiles fired from southern Lebanon in direction of the Galilee Panhandle.

The Israeli navy launched a drone strike on a home situated within the city heart of Aita Al-Shaab.

The property belongs to Lebanese citizen Haidar Srour, who evacuated together with his household initially of escalations on the border. Israel focused the home in a earlier raid as properly.

An Israeli drone bombed a mosque within the city of Jebbayn with a missile, inflicting harm to it, and the area between Alma Al-Shaab and Naqoura got here below artillery shelling from the Israel Protection Forces.

Israeli warplanes performed airstrikes within the forested and plain areas close to Aitaroun and Maroun Al-Ras, and the world between Chihine and Marwahin was subjected to Israeli shelling. Wadi Saluki and Mays Al-Jabal had been additionally subjected to artillery fireplace.

Within the morning, Israeli artillery focused the Awaidah and Aaziyyeh hills on the outskirts of the city of Taybeh, which skilled an influence outage on account of a focused assault on the high-voltage transmission community supplying the world.

Lebanon’s southern border is break up into three sectors generally known as the Blue Line — west, central, and east. The east sector is an important strategically because it consists of disputed mountain villages of the Arqoub space between Lebanon, Syria, and Israel.

Studies of unknown callers asking owners to evacuate earlier than shelling have elevated within the southern area.

Political analyst Ali Al-Amin advised Arab Information a number of individuals had reported being contacted by individuals who communicate Arabic, and so they had skilled comparable conditions.

“This doesn’t imply that the Israeli military is displaying mercy to civilians as a result of we will see its massacres within the Gaza Strip, however evidently its present plan in Lebanon is to not goal civilians,” he mentioned.

“The Israelis have entry to the communication information of individuals in southern Lebanon and maybe in different areas.

“It’s regarding that some individuals who acquired calls from unknown individuals had been unaware that the caller was from Israel.

“Women and men answered usually, pondering the caller needed to make sure they had been protected.”

Al-Amin added: “The technological development possessed by the Israeli military throughout these confrontations could have shocked Hezbollah because it precisely hits targets. In return, Hezbollah could have achieved subject features via its ways to mitigate its losses.”

Hezbollah introduced Thursday that it focused the Yiftah outpost and a gathering of Israeli troopers and autos in its environment.

The group additionally focused the Israeli forces within the neighborhood of the Shomera outpost.

Military spokesperson Avichay Adraee mentioned that Israeli fighter jets struck Hezbollah’s infrastructure and navy buildings inside Lebanon.

Adraee mentioned that the Israeli facet “detected the launching of a rocket from Lebanon towards the Shomera area on the Lebanese border.”

Hezbollah introduced the loss of life of considered one of its fighters, Ahmad Hassan Moukahal, from Jouaya village in southern Lebanon. 

The militant group introduced the loss of life of two of its fighters on Wednesday, bringing the entire toll of Hezbollah fighters killed because the violence broke out alongside the Lebanese border on Oct. 8 to 101 as of Thursday afternoon.