Hezbollah launches rocket barrage after commander is killed in Israeli strike

Hezbollah launches rocket barrage after commander is killed in Israeli strike
# 12 June 2024 16:52 (UTC +04:00)

Hezbollah said on Tuesday that Israeli forces had killed one of its commanders in a strike in southern Lebanon, stoking concerns about an escalation of the conflict on another Israeli front, APA reports citing New York Times.

In response, Hezbollah fired one of its heaviest rocket barrages yet into Israel on Wednesday, targeting military bases and arms factories.

The commander, Taleb Abdallah, also known as Abu Taleb, was among the highest-ranking Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon to have been killed in the eight-month-long conflict, according to a senior Lebanese intelligence official.

The Israeli strike in the southern Lebanese village of Jouya late Tuesday killed three other Hezbollah fighters alongside Mr. Abdallah, the Lebanese official said. The Israeli military did not immediately comment on the strike.

Israeli army radio said on Wednesday that around 150 rockets had been launched into northern Israel in an apparent response, with Hezbollah claiming attacks on a string of military bases, including on Mount Meron, an area housing a military radar station that is roughly five miles south of the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Hezbollah also claimed to have struck an arms factory belonging to Plasan, a manufacturer of armored vehicles used by the Israeli military. There were no immediate reports of casualties, according to the Israeli military.

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