Hezbollah claims four attacks on northern Israel amid rising border

Hezbollah claims four attacks on northern Israel amid rising border violence

Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon in a file image. EFE/Nabil Mounzer

Beirut, January 28 (EFE). – The Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah claimed responsibility this Sunday for four new attacks on military positions in northern Israel, whose army launched new rounds of airstrikes against several villages in southern Lebanon and used white phosphorus bullets, according to the Lebanese National News Agency (ANN).

In a series of statements, Hezbollah said it attacked two meetings of Israeli soldiers as well as the Ramim and Honen barracks in northern Israel with rockets and even high-caliber Burkan-type rockets.

He also announced the deaths of three of his combatants, without specifying how or where they died.

For its part, the ANN reported that several white phosphorus projectiles fired by Israel today hit the city of Al Dhahira in southern Lebanon, injuring a Lebanese citizen and destroying some houses.

According to the agency, Israel's attacks also targeted other southern areas of the Mediterranean country, such as the cities of Hula and Markaba, which were the scene of bombings, artillery and white phosphorus attacks this Sunday.

The Israeli army, for its part, said on Sunday that it had attacked Hezbollah military posts in the southern Lebanese towns of Zibqin, Hula, Marwahin, Dayra and Ayta as Shab in response to the firing of rockets and drones into Israel.

Hezbollah positions attacked by Israeli forces included “military compounds, observation posts and military sites” as well as “a command center” and attacks on other points “with tanks and artillery,” according to a military statement.

The parties have been fighting fiercely across the shared divide for more than three months, leading to the worst clashes since the two parties went to war in the summer of 2006.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, Imran Riza, warned two days ago that the severe economic crisis in the country has reduced the resilience of the 86,000 displaced people and the 60,000 people still living in fire-affected areas on the Lebanese side.