Israeli Strikes on Hezbollah Convoy in Lebanon Result in Casualties

Tue Jun 11 2024
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BEIRUT, LEBENON: Late Monday, Israeli airstrikes targeted a convoy of tankers entering Lebanon from Syria, resulting in the deaths of three Hezbollah members, according to a Lebanese military source and a war monitor.

Hezbollah allied with Hamas, has engaged in almost daily skirmishes with Israeli forces since Hamas’s October 7 attack on Israel ignited the conflict in Gaza.

A Lebanese military source reported that the strikes involved nine Israeli missiles targeting the convoy and a building in a northeastern village bordering Syria.

Additionally, three people were wounded in the attack. The Israeli military confirmed the strikes, stating their fighter jets targeted a Hezbollah military complex used for weapons in the Baalbek region of eastern Lebanon.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, reported a total of five fatalities from the Israeli strike: three Syrians collaborating with Hezbollah and two Lebanese.

In a related incident, the Israeli army conducted strikes in southern Lebanon after one of its drones was shot down on Monday. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for downing the Israeli Hermes drone, marking the fifth such incident since February. The militant group has escalated its drone attacks, including a strike on an Israeli military position in the Golan Heights on Monday.

The ongoing conflict has led to significant casualties, with more than eight months of violence resulting in at least 462 deaths in Lebanon, predominantly fighters but also around 90 civilians, according to a news agency count. On the Israeli side, at least 15 soldiers and 11 civilians have been killed, as reported by the army.

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