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The Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist army in Lebanon sent “Passover greetings” to people living in northern Israel over the first day of the holiday.

To start with, Israelis in the northern were forced to race for shelter 24 times on Monday night and Tuesday.


Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy, launched a total of some 60 rockets at Israeli territory, in addition at least six explosive suicide drones and an unknown number of anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) which often evade detection by the Iron Dome aerial defense system.

One of the drones was intercepted off the coast of Nahariya.

A barrage of about 35 rockets were fired at the holy city of Tzfat on Monday evening, shortly after the start of the holiday and while family seders were in progress. Some of the rockets were intercepted but a number landed in open areas, in at least one case igniting a fire which was quickly extinguished by responders.

Miraculously, no one was physically injured and IDF troops struck the sources of the rocket fire.

There were at least two rocket attacks aimed at the city of Metula and several aimed at the coastal city of Akko, where Hezbollah claimed to have attacked the headquarters of the IDF’s Golani Brigade.

Rockets were also fired at the communities of Margaliot, Hanita, Baram, Shomera, Zarit, Manara, and Kiryat Shmona.

Drone alerts were activated across the Upper Galilee, sending the residents of the following communities racing for cover:
Rosh HaNikra
Achziv Miluot Industrial Zone
Arab al-Aramshe
Gornot HaGalil
Lochamei HaGetaot
Bustan HaGalil
Beit HaEmek
Kfar Masaryk
Ness Amim
Netiv HaShayara
Ein HaMifratz
Akko Industrial Zone
Shomerat, and
Sheikh Danun.

The alerts in Metula were deemed to have been a “false identification” after thousands were sent racing for cover.

On the good news front, Israel Defense Forces have assassinated two Hezbollah field commanders over the past 48 hours.

The eliminated operatives included an aerial defense commander in the terror group’s elite Radwan force, and a Hezbollah aerial defense system leader who was eliminated in an air strike on his car.

“IAF aircraft struck and eliminated Hussein Ali Azkul, a significant terrorist operative in Hezbollah’s Aerial Defense Unit in southern Lebanon,” the IDF said in a statement.

“Azkul was heavily involved in the planning and execution of terrorist attacks against Israel and was involved in the Hezbollah’s Aerial unit’s routine activities. His elimination significantly harms the capabilities of Hezbollah’s Aerial Unit.

“Additionally, overnight, the terrorist Sajed Sarafand, a significant terrorist of the Radwan Forces’ Aerial Unit in the Hezbollah terrorist organization was eliminated in the area of Arzoun.

“In his role, Sarafand led and promoted terrorist attacks against Israel,” the IDF added.

IAF fighter jets also struck Hezbollah positions in Ayta ash Shab and Blida, a position in the area of Yaroun, positions in Arzoun and Odaisseh, and a “military structure” in the area of Markaba, 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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.