- Israeli military: Artillery into a region of Lebanon where mortar fire from across the border was fired
- Earlier, Hezbollah attacked three Israeli sites in the contested Shebaa Farms with guided rockets and artillery.
After Hezbollah attacked three Israeli military positions in the disputed Shebaa Farms on Sunday, Israel opened fire with a barrage of artillery into southern Lebanon.
There were no reports of casualties right away.
At least 250 Israelis were slain on Saturday in the deadliest attack by Palestinian gunmen on Israeli towns in years, while 230 more Gazans perished in Israel’s retaliatory bombardment.
An effective armed group supported by Iran, Hezbollah, claimed responsibility for firing artillery and guided rockets at three Shebaa Farms checkpoints “in solidarity” with the Palestinian people.
The Israeli military claimed on Sunday that it had deployed artillery into a region of Lebanon where mortars had been fired over the border. “IDF (Israel Defense Forces) artillery is currently striking the area in Lebanon from where a shooting was carried out,” it declared.
A Hezbollah position was reportedly hit by an Israeli drone near the Shebaa neighborhood of Har Dov, according to the Israeli military.
According to IDF spokesperson Daniel Hagari in broadcast remarks, “At this time, there is no further threat in Har Dov or the northern arena,” adding that the military was still on high alert.
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Since 1967, Israel has controlled the Shebaa Farms, a 15 square mile (39 square km) area of land. The Shebaa Farms are said to be Lebanese by both Syria and Lebanon.
UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, reported that it had “detected several rockets fired from southeast Lebanon toward Israeli-occupied territory” in addition to artillery fire into Lebanon from Israel in retaliation.
In order to control the situation and prevent a more serious escalation, spokesman Andrea Tenenti said “We are in contact with authorities on both sides of the Blue Line, at all levels.”
The Blue Line, which separates Lebanon and Israel, delineates the area from which Israeli forces withdrew in south Lebanon in 2000.
Following the events in Israel and Gaza, UNIFIL announced on Saturday that it had increased its presence in southern Lebanon, including its efforts to thwart missile launches.
Joanna Wronecka, the UN’s special coordinator for Lebanon, posted on platform X, formerly known as Twitter, that the exchange of gunfire had her “deeply concerned” and pleaded with all sides to “shield Lebanon and its people from further conflagration.”
Hezbollah, which effectively controls southern Lebanon, said on Saturday it was in “direct contact” with leaders of Palestinian “resistance” groups and that it saw Palestinian attacks on Israel as a “decisive response to Israel’s continued occupation and a message to those seeking normalization with Israel.”