The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas announced on Monday that it had fired 16 rockets from Lebanon into northern Israel, targeting the south of the city of Haifa.
In a statement, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades confirmed that the shots came “in response to the aggressive massacres against our people in the Gaza Strip and its occupation”. The Israeli military, for its part, reported “about 30 shots” of missiles “from Lebanon towards the north of Israel” and that it responded to the points of origin of the shots.
More than 10,000 people have been killed in Israeli bombings in the Gaza Strip, Hamas announced on Monday, nearly a month after the start of the war, which was sparked on October 7 by the Palestinian Islamist movement’s bloody offensive against Israel. Hamas, an ally of the powerful Lebanese armed movement Hezbollah, has fighters in Lebanon and its armed wing has launched several attacks against Israel from the south of the country since the war began on October 7. The border region between Lebanon and Israel has been the scene of daily firefights between the Israeli army on one side and its allies, including the pro-Iranian Hezbollah and Hamas, since the start of the war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Movement. October 7.
However, this is the first time a group has claimed to have bombed targets from across the border. The port city of Haifa is located fifty kilometers from the Lebanese border. According to an AFP tally, since October 7, 81 people have died on the Lebanese side, including at least 11 civilians and 59 Hezbollah fighters. According to officials, six soldiers and two civilians were killed on the Israeli side.
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