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Hezbollah fires 60 rockets at Israel in ‘initial reaction’ to killing of top Hamas leader

Hezbollah in Lebanon fired more than 60 rockets toward an Israeli military installation on Saturday, claiming responsibility for the attack in retaliation for the killing of a Hamas deputy commander in Beirut. The statement issued by Iran said, “As an initial response to the crime of assassination of the great leader Sheikh Saleh al-Arouri… the Islamic Resistance (Hezbollah) targeted the Meron air control base with 62 missiles of different types.” Make.” The supported group was cited by AFP in its report.

Since the Israel–Hamas war began on October 7, the Israel–Lebanon border has seen frequent firing, mostly between Israeli forces and Hamas ally Hezbollah.

The killing of Arouri on Tuesday in a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut, which a US defense official said was carried out by Israel, has raised further concerns.

The attack, the first on the Lebanese capital since hostilities began last year, has not been announced by Israel.

The Israeli military said Saturday morning that it had identified about 40 rocket launches from Lebanese territory, and that its troops had targeted a cell responsible for a portion of the launches shortly afterward.

Air raid sirens began sounding in towns and cities in northern Israel, and were later heard in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Later that day, Hezbollah claimed further attacks on Israeli troops and fortifications, which Israeli forces responded to.

According to an army statement, Israeli troops “attacked several Hezbollah terrorist targets” in southern Lebanon, including “a launch post, military sites and terrorist infrastructure”.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel in a speech on Friday that the organization would respond immediately “on the battlefield” to Aruri’s death.

Nearly three months of cross-border firing has left 175 people dead in Lebanon, including 129 Hezbollah members, but more than 20 civilians, including three journalists, according to an AFP tally.

Nine soldiers and at least four civilians have been killed in northern Israel, according to Israeli officials.

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