Hamas fires rockets from Lebanon

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The Lebanon branch of the Hamas terror group launched a barrage of dozens of rockets at northern Israel on Monday morning, as skirmishes on the border persisted amid the war in the Gaza Strip.
In a statement, the Gaza-based Hamas said it had launched a volley of rockets from Lebanon at an army base near the northern city of Kiryat Shmona.
According to the Israel Defense Forces, some 20 rockets had crossed the border in the attack.
Hamas’s Lebanon branch, which maintains a presence in Lebanon under Hezbollah protection, has claimed responsibility for several attacks on northern Israel amid the war.
Sites hit overnight included infrastructure in Jabal Blat, and several buildings used by the terror group in Marwahin, according to the military.
Hezbollah has maintained it will not enter any concrete discussions with Israel until there is a ceasefire in Gaza, where the war between Israel and Hamas has entered its seventh month.
Then, negotiations would be launched on demarcating a border between Israel and Lebanon and forming a committee to oversee such arrangements.
Hezbollah has named 289 members who have been killed by Israel during the ongoing skirmishes, mostly in Lebanon but some also in Syria.

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As fighting continued in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas terror group’s branch in Lebanon opened fire on northern Israel on Monday morning with dozens of rockets.

An army base close to the northern city of Kiryat Shmona was the target of a rocket barrage that the Gaza-based Hamas claimed to have fired from Lebanon, according to a statement.

The attack involved about twenty rockets crossing the border, according to the Israel Defense Forces. The Iron Dome air defense system stopped the majority of the projectiles, while the remainder appeared to have struck open areas, according to the report.

During the attack, sirens could be heard in Kiryat Shmona and the surrounding areas. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

According to the IDF, artillery was used to bombard the fire’s origin.

Throughout the conflict, the Lebanon branch of Hamas, which is still present there thanks to Hezbollah’s protection, has taken credit for a number of attacks on northern Israel.

The communities of Arab al-Aramshe and Gornot Hagalil heard sirens go off later on Monday after another round of at least 15 rockets was fired towards the Upper Galilee, according to the IDF. There were no reported damages or injuries.

The IDF reported on Monday that its fighter jets had targeted Hezbollah locations in southern Lebanon.

The military said that several buildings used by the terror group in Marwahin and infrastructure in Jabal Blat were among the sites that were struck overnight. The IDF claimed that during the afternoon, it struck Khiam and Rachaya al-Foukhar’s infrastructure, as well as a building that was utilized by the terrorist organization.

In an effort to “remove threats,” the IDF claimed to have also used artillery to shell areas close to Ayta ash-Shab. “.

Hezbollah-led forces have been attacking Israeli communities and military posts along the border almost every day since October 8. The group claims that it is doing this to support Gaza during the conflict there.

If Hezbollah does not withdraw and keeps posing a threat to the northern communities, from which about 70,000 people were evacuated to escape the fighting, Israel has threatened to go to war in an effort to drive the group away.

In Gaza, where the conflict between Israel and Hamas has entered its seventh month, Hezbollah has insisted that it will not engage in any formal talks with Israel until there is a ceasefire.

The terror group’s request to withdraw behind the Litani River was removed by France from its outline to end the fighting in the north, according to a report published on Monday in the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Akhbar newspaper.

The report, which cited reliable sources, claimed that the revised plan put forth by French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne on Sunday in Beirut called for the “repositioning” of Hezbollah’s forces—it did not say where.

According to the report, the new proposal also called for the deployment of 15,000 Lebanese soldiers who were reinforced with “adequate equipment” south of the Litani and a ceasefire in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which put an end to the Second Lebanon War in 2006 and guaranteed the return of residents living along the border on both sides.

After that, talks would begin to draw a border between Israel and Lebanon and create a committee to supervise these agreements.

Hezbollah has disregarded Resolution 1701’s requirement that it withdraw its forces north of the Litani River.

In addition to 11 IDF soldiers and reservists, nine Israeli civilians have also died as a result of the ongoing border skirmishes. Additionally, there have been multiple strikes from Syria; however, no casualties have been reported.

Hezbollah has identified 289 of its members as having been killed by Israel in the ongoing clashes, the most of which have taken place in Syria but also in Lebanon. There have been at least 60 civilian deaths in Lebanon, including three journalists, 56 members of other terror groups, and a Lebanese soldier.

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