As an oil ship strike backfires, rockets rain down on Iranian-backed militants.
As tensions with Iran rise over a recent oil tanker hijacking attempt, Israel has struck two facilities in Lebanon that the military claims were used to launch missiles at Israeli territory.
Israel’s fighter aircraft bombed the targets overnight on Wednesday. This happened after three rockets were launched earlier in the day, two of which landed in Israel and one of which missed its target in Lebanon. In the midst of simmering tensions with Iran, whose proxy forces rule Lebanon, Israeli jets conducted an attack on Wednesday.
Following the strike, Israel’s defense minister, Benny Gantz, informed the country’s media, “This was an attack aimed to convey a message.”
“Clearly, we could do much more, and we hope we won’t get to that point.” He believes the missiles were launched by a Palestinian party.
Small Palestinian factions in Lebanon have historically fired on Israel at random.
The strikes targeted open areas in Israel’s north, and while some brush fires broke out in hilly areas, no more damage or injuries were reported.
Nobody has claimed credit for the strike, which originated in a Hezbollah-controlled area in south Lebanon.
Israel’s military responded with multiple rounds of fire on Wednesday before initiating the latest air attacks in the early hours of Thursday, according to the IDF.
“Military fighter jets struck the launch sites and infrastructure used for terror in Lebanon from which the rockets were launched,” they said in a statement. Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV reported that Israeli fighter jets carried out two raids just outside the Lebanese town of Mahmudiya, which is located 7.5 miles from the Israeli border.
Israel’s airstrikes on Lebanon’s towns were the first in 15 years, according to Lebanese President Michel Aoun, implying an increase in Israel’s “aggressive intent” toward his country.
He also turned to Twitter to remark that the strikes posed a direct threat to southern Lebanon’s security and stability, and that they violated UN Security Council resolutions.
The current escalation of tension comes after a suspected drone strike on an oil ship off the coast of Oman last Thursday.
Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States have all implicated Iran for the event, though Iran has denied any participation. Two members of the crew, a Briton and a Romanian, were killed.
The UK government believes the drone strike on a ship in the Middle East was “deliberate, targeted, and a blatant violation of international law by Iran,” according to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
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