An Israeli attack on southern Lebanon killed a grandmother and her three grandchildren on Sunday, according to the Lebanese state news agency NNA. The four were in a car that was hit by a drone, it said. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati denounced a “despicable crime committed by the Israeli enemy.”
The four victims are relatives of the Lebanese journalist Samir Ayoub: his sister and her three grandchildren. The children are 10, 12 and 14 years old, NNA said. The journalist was driving a second car and was injured.
In retaliation for that “savage crime,” Hezbollah announced that it has fired rockets at Kiryat Shmona, in northern Israel. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati denounced a “despicable crime committed by the Israeli enemy.” His Foreign Minister, Abdallah Bou Habib, will raise the matter in the UN Security Council on Monday, it was said on X (formerly Twitter) on Sunday evening.
An Israeli army spokesman said on Sunday evening that the army had attacked Hezbollah targets in response to “the firing of an anti-tank missile that killed an Israeli civilian”. Those targets included “vehicles” and a missile launch pad, the spokesperson said.
In recent weeks, the Israeli-Lebanese border region has increasingly become the theater of mutual shelling by the Israeli army and the pro-Iranian movement Hezbollah.
Four Lebanese aid workers were injured in an attack earlier in the day, NNA reported.
Since the attack by the radical Islamist organization Hamas on Israel early last month, 81 people have been killed in Lebanon, according to an AFP count. Among them are 11 civilians and 59 Hezbollah fighters. In Israel, 7 people were killed, 6 soldiers and one civilian.
ANALYSIS. Hezbollah is still holding back. But the coalition against the West is becoming alarmingly large (+)
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