Four People Killed in Israeli Airstrikes on South Lebanon

A woman and her two children were killed in the early afternoon of Wednesday, February 14, by an Israeli airstrike that targetted their vehicle in the southern Lebanese village of al Sawwaneh.

Another person was killed and 11 others were injured in the air raid on Aadchit.

Other areas that were targeted include Chehabiyyeh, Baslaya, and the areas of Iqlim al-Touffah and Jabal Rihan in the South.

Targeting of areas outside the south of the country is not unlikely, as Israeli forces struck a vehicle in the town of Jadra, just near Saida, last Saturday.

An Israeli drone had also previously targeted the deputy chief of Hamas’ political bureau Saleh al-Arouri in Beirut, thereby breaking the traditional rules of engagement established between them and Hezbollah.

Since the assassination of al-Arouri in Beirut, Hezbollah has vowed to increase the scale and scope of its attacks on northern occupied Palestine.

A Series of Responses

Earlier this morning, Hezbollah launched a rocket barrage at a northern Israeli base in the city of Safad killing one person and wounding eight others, one of whom is in a serious condition.

This is the first time the armed group has targeted the city since the July war in 2006.

A report by Israeli media mentions that Israeli forces are preparing a “significant response” to the rocket barrage, with the head of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Yuli Edelstein, saying Hezbollah “will be moved off the border one way or another.”

Another missile attack from Lebanon this afternoon targeted the Galilee area, with initial reports informing that the attack achieved a direct hit as the tempo of attacks on the southern borders significantly increased.

As matters stand, the lack of geographical boundaries to the Israeli strikes means that no area in Lebanon is safe from bombing, forcing the entire population to take precautions against potential extension of the conflict’s reach.

As of February 6, the International Organization for Migration has tallied 87,161 displaced individuals, mostly from southern districts.

On Tuesday afternoon, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah made it clear that the group does not plan on stopping fighting until the assault on Gaza stops, 

On Sunday night, Israeli forces began a large-scale bombing campaign on the Rafah area in Gaza, where over one million Palestinians have sought refuge.