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Israeli F-35 ‘Adir’

Israel Defense Forces attacked more than 20 Hezbollah terrorist positions in southern Lebanon late Wednesday morning, as Defense Minister Yoav Gallant held a situation assessment in the 91st “Ozbet HaGalil” Division.

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“I am determined to return the residents to their homes safely and to rebuild the things that were destroyed,” Gallant told the fighters.

“I am aware of the need and in many ways the feeling that the mission is not completed, and indeed it is not completed,” acknowledged.

“You have to prepare for what’s to come, and this summer may be a hot summer.”

IDF artillery and fighter jets struck terror targets in the area of Ramiyeh, including military structures and terrorist infrastructure.

“During the strikes, secondary explosions were identified, indicating the presence of weapon storage facilities in the area,” the IDF said.

In addition, IAF fighter jets struck Hezbollah military structure and terrorist infrastructure in the areas of Marwahin and Kfarkela in southern Lebanon as well.

Overnight, Israeli forces carried out strikes against Hezbollah positions in six different areas of southern Lebanon overnight, including buildings used by Hezbollah in Kafr Kila, Ayta ash-Shab, Khiam, and Maroun al-Ras, the IDF said.

Hezbollah Escalation Continues
Hezbollah launched a barrage of rockets and explosive suicide drones at northern Israeli communities in response, triggering Red Alert sirens in multiple western Galilee communities.

The terrorists targeted the towns of Hanita, Admit, Malkia, Manara, Avivim and Doviv, Hezbollah told reporters, claiming the rocket and anti-tank guided missile fire was aimed at IDF military positions.

The terrorist organization added that its fighters began firing at northern Israel during the morning hours, in “simultaneous operations on at least five [IDF] sites.”

Explosive suicide drone attacks against northern Israel continued throughout the afternoon, triggering alarms in multiple communities.

At least four anti-tank guided missiles were launched from southern Lebanon at the communities of Manara, Avivim, Metula and the Gomah Junction, according to local sources.

The Gomah Junction is an intersection on a main road in an area of the Galilee where residents have not been evacuated, and which sees steady traffic. It is located near Meron.

The IDF claimed the earlier Red Alert incoming rocket sirens were “false alarms” triggered in response to its own attacks on the terrorists in southern Lebanon.


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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 Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.