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Israel army launches airstrikes on Lebanon

Updated on: 08 April,2024 07:28 AM IST  |  Tel Aviv
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Latest attack in response to Hezbollah downing drone in Lebanese airspace

Israel army launches airstrikes on Lebanon

Smoke rises from an Israeli outpost in a southern Lebanese village after a rocket attack by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement fighters. Pic/AFP

Israel launched air raids on eastern Lebanon early on Sunday, striking what it claimed to be Hezbollah sites where the Iran-backed group has a strong presence, in retaliation for one of its drones being shot down, Al Jazeera reported. The latest attack was in response to Iran-backed Hezbollah's downing of an unmanned aerial vehicle on Saturday in Lebanese airspace, which the group identified as the Israeli-made Hermes 900 drone.

Israeli army said in a statement that fighter jets struck a military complex and three other sites belonging to Hezbollah in the eastern city of Baalbek, as per Al Jazeera. Two security sources said there were no casualties. According to Al Jazeera, Hezbollah has been trading fire with Israel across Lebanon's southern border since October 8, 2023, a day after the Palestinian group Hamas launched an attack on Israel that sparked Israel's war in Gaza and led to escalating regional tensions.

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