One Israeli seriously injured in northern Israel in rocket attack from Lebanon

One Israeli seriously injured in northern Israel in rocket attack from Lebanon
One Israeli seriously injured in northern Israel in rocket attack from Lebanon

Jerusalem, Jul 7 (EFE).- A 28-year-old Israeli man was seriously injured Sunday in a rocket attack launched from southern Lebanon into the Lower Galilee region in northern Israel, amid escalating tensions with the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah.

The injured man was treated by the Magen David Adom ambulance service at the scene of the impact, near the Sea of ​​Galilee, some 90 kilometres from the border, and was taken to Baruch Padeh Hospital in the town of Poria.

Air raid sirens sounded in dozens of towns in the Upper and Lower Galilee regions following a barrage of rockets, presumably launched by Hezbollah, although it has not yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Shrapnel also caused fires in several locations in northern Israel and fire services are extinguishing fires near the Kidmat Galil industrial park, Kfar Zeitim, Lavi and HaZorim.

The rocket attack is likely a response to the death last night in an Israeli strike of the commander of the air defense of the Shiite militia Hezbollah, Maitham Mustafa Al Ataar, in Baalbek, in northeastern Lebanon, about 80 kilometers from the border with Israel.

Al-Ataar, whose death was also confirmed by Hezbollah, directed many of the unit’s activities and was involved in planning and carrying out numerous attacks against the State of Israel, the Israeli military said.

“He also flew to Iran several times, where he gained knowledge and helped strengthen the Iranian terrorist organization Hezbollah’s strength and weapons arsenal,” he added.

On Thursday, Hezbollah launched its biggest attack on Israel since October, firing more than 200 rockets and 20 explosive drones along the entire border, in retaliation for the death of a senior commander of the group, Mohamed Nasser, the day before in an Israeli attack in the Tyre area, southern Lebanon.

The border between Israel and Lebanon is at its highest point of tension since 2006, with an intense exchange of fire since October, which has claimed the lives of at least 515 people, most of them on the Lebanese side and in the ranks of Hezbollah, which has confirmed some 328 casualties of militants and commanders, some in Syria.

In Israel, 26 people have died, 16 soldiers and 10 civilians.

Hostilities on the dividing line began on October 8, the day after the war broke out in the Gaza Strip, in solidarity between Hezbollah and the Palestinian Islamist militias in the enclave; although the exchange of fire has intensified, raising fears of open war.

Hezbollah sources have confirmed that if a ceasefire is achieved in Gaza – Israel and Hamas will negotiate a new proposal in Doha next week – this will immediately lead to calm on Israel’s northern border, while the international community, especially the US and France, seeks a diplomatic solution to this brewing conflict. EFE


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