Hezbollah says strikes Israeli mountain base in "largest" air operation-Xinhua

Hezbollah says strikes Israeli mountain base in "largest" air operation

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2024-07-08 05:02:15

BEIRUT, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Hezbollah said Sunday it attacked with drones at Israel's technical and electronic reconnaissance center in Mount Hermon, north of annexed Golan Heights, in response to Israel's killing of a senior Hezbollah member a day earlier.

The well-equipped center was set on fire, and its targeted devices were destroyed in the air attack by "successive squadrons of assault drones," the Lebanese military group said in a statement.

The group said the center in Mount Hermon was targeted for the first time since the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, and the operation is considered the largest by Hezbollah's air force since Oct. 8, 2023.

Lebanese military sources told Xinhua that the Lebanese army positions monitored the launch of several drones Sunday afternoon from the Lebanese side to Israel, some of which had been intercepted by the Iron Dome system and Israeli warplanes.

The Israeli side has yet to respond to Hezbollah's announcement, which came a day after the Israeli military killed Hezbollah commander Maysam Al-Attar in a drone strike on the city of Baalbek, eastern Lebanon.

Tensions along the Lebanon-Israel border escalated on Oct. 8, 2023, following a barrage of rockets launched by Hezbollah toward Israel in solidarity with a surprise attack by Gaza-ruling Palestinian faction Hamas into Israel the day before. Israel then retaliated by firing heavy artillery toward southeastern Lebanon.