Photo Credit: Dr. Avishai Teicher / Wikimedia
Jordikh Hill in the northern Israeli village of Arab al Aramshe on the border with Lebanon, November 2012

At least 18 people were wounded on Wednesday afternoon when an explosives-laden drone attacked the community of Arab al-Aramshe in northern Israel, according to a statement by the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya.


The hospital said in its statement that 18 victims were admitted following the attack. Two victims are listed in critical condition, two others are seriously wounded and four are in fair condition; the others are in good condition.

At least 14 of the wounded were IDF soldiers, the military said.

Lebanon’s Iranian proxy, Hezbollah, fired a barrage of precision guided missiles and explosives-laden drones at the community.

One of the rockets directly hit the community center in the Bedouin village; a suicide drone also struck near the community center as first responders were evacuating the wounded via medical helicopter. Two more rocket barrages were fired as well.

MDA EMTs and paramedics worked together with an IDF medical force to treat the wounded at the scene before transporting the victims to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the attack and said its forces had targeted a building used by the IDF as headquarters for a “newly established military reconnaissance unit.”

Shiite sources quoted by Abu Ali Express claimed Sources associated with the Shia axis claimed the suicide drone that carried out the attack is the Iranian Ababil-2 UAV. The Ababil-2 drone can remain in the air for up to two hours and has a range of 120 to 150 kilometers. It reaches a maximum speed of 250 to 300 kilometers per hour, can fly at an altitude of 3,000 to 4,200 meters, and carries a 30 to 50 kilogram warhead.

The terror group said the attack came in response to the assassination on Tuesday of three of its members, including two commanders, in southern Lebanon.

The IDF said its forces struck the sources of the suicide drones and missile fire.

“IDF fighter jets struck a Hezbollah military compound in the area of Ayta ash Shab in southern Lebanon where terrorists were operating. IDF fighter jets also struck Hezbollah military compounds and terror infrastructure in the areas of Naqoura and Yarine, the military said.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.