December 11, 2023

By AMY TEIBEL (The Related Press)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Assaults by Lebanon’s Hezbollah group Sunday wounded seven Israeli troops and 10 different folks, Israel’s navy and rescue companies mentioned.

The clashes got here as skirmishes between the Iran-backed group and Israeli navy proceed to accentuate alongside the Lebanon-Israel border, threatening to escalate into one other entrance within the Mideast’s newest battle.

The Israeli navy mentioned in a press release that “seven IDF troopers had been frivolously injured because of the mortar shell launches within the space of Manara in northern Israel earlier at present.” Israeli rescue companies didn’t establish the placement or present details about the ten others wounded by rocket blasts and shrapnel, however mentioned two of them had been in crucial situation.

The Israeli navy mentioned they recognized 15 launches from Lebanon over the previous hour and their protection techniques intercepted 4 of them. The remaining fell into open areas.

Hamas’ navy wing, in the meantime, claimed duty for shelling the northern Haifa and the Israeli border cities of Na’ura and Shlomi from southern Lebanon with out giving any additional particulars.

Hezbollah first fired antitank missiles at an Israeli neighborhood simply over the border on Sunday, Israeli officers mentioned, badly wounding utility employees. The Israeli navy mentioned it was placing the origin of the launch with artillery fireplace. The Israel Electrical Corp. mentioned employees within the rural neighborhood of Dovev had been wounded whereas repairing strains broken in a earlier assault. Israeli media reported that six folks had been wounded, together with one critically.

Israel struck a number of southern Lebanese cities, together with Yaroun, Mays el-Jabal, and Alma al-Shaab. Hezbollah mentioned it launched guided missiles towards a “logistical pressure belonging to the occupation military that was about to put in transmission poles and eavesdropping and spying gadgets close to the Dovev barracks.” It mentioned it hit an Israeli navy bulldozer in a separate strike. Shortly after the assault, air raid sirens had been heard in northern Israel. Military Radio reported that one other antitank missile had been fired from Lebanon.

Hezbollah later introduced assaults on Israeli navy gatherings and barracks in border areas Birket Riche and Zareit, as clashes proceed to accentuate alongside the tense Lebanon-Israel border.

The assault was essentially the most severe incident involving civilians since an Israeli airstrike in south Lebanon on Nov. 5 killed a lady and three youngsters.

Israeli troops and Hezbollah militants and their allies have been clashing alongside the border for the reason that Israel-Hamas battle began 5 weeks in the past with a bloody incursion into southern Israel by Hezbollah ally Hamas. Whereas largely contained, clashes have elevated in depth as Israel conducts a floor offensive in Gaza towards Hamas.

Additionally Sunday, the United Nations peacekeeping pressure in south Lebanon, UNIFIL, mentioned one among its peacekeepers had been wounded by gunfire in a single day close to the Lebanese city of al-Qawza. It was not instantly clear the place the taking pictures had come from or whether or not the peacekeepers had been focused or caught in crossfire. UNIFIL mentioned it was investigating.

Related Press writers Kareem Chehayeb in Beirut and Julia Frankel in Jerusalem contributed to this report.