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Hezbollah Fires Rocket Fire at Israel After Commander’s Death

(Bloomberg) — Hezbollah said it fired “more than 60 rockets” at Israeli military sites on Thursday in response to an attack that killed one of its top commanders.

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The Iran-backed militant group targeted air defense and artillery installations in the Israeli-occupied area of ​​the Golan Heights, Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV reported.

The Israeli military said it detected about 40 rockets fired from Lebanon and intercepted several of them. No injuries were reported, it said, adding that the warplanes hit one of the military posts from which the rockets were fired.

It is the second day in a row that Hezbollah retaliated against Israeli forces for killing a field commander named Hussain Ibrahim Mekky on Tuesday evening. Hezbollah called it an assassination attempt and fired “heavy Burkan” rockets at Israeli military facilities on Wednesday.

Since the Israel-Hamas war broke out in October, there have been exchanges of fire between Israel and Hezbollah almost daily.

The latest clashes represent some of Hezbollah’s fiercest attacks and are likely to fuel fears that the clashes could escalate into a full-blown conflict and open a new war front for Israel.

The United States, France and other powers are trying to negotiate a diplomatic agreement that would see Hezbollah fighters withdraw from the Lebanese border area near Israel. Israeli officials say this is necessary to ensure that about 100,000 people evacuated from northern cities can return home.

The exchanges between Hezbollah and Israel largely took place within what each side defines as implicit rules of engagement: civilians are not directly attacked and the areas of attack are near the border between Israel and Lebanon. However, exceptions to these rules are becoming more and more common.

Hezbollah, classified as a terrorist group by the United States, is the most powerful militia in the Middle East and, according to Israeli intelligence estimates, has more than 100,000 rockets and missiles, a much larger arsenal than what Hamas had before October.

Israel has been attacked by thousands of Hezbollah rockets, drones and artillery shells since October 7, the day Hamas militants entered the country. Around 25 Israelis, including soldiers, were killed in the attacks from Lebanon. Israeli attacks on Lebanon killed around 350 people, most of them Hezbollah fighters.

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