Hezbollah says it fired rockets after Israeli airstrikes



The Iran- backed militant Hezbollah group said it fired a barrage of rockets near Israeli positions close to the Lebanese border on Friday. Some angry villagers, who belong to the Druze sect, could be heard saying: “Hezbollah is firing rockets from between homes so that Israel hits us back.”

BEIRUT (AP) — The Iran- backed militant Hezbollah group said it fired a barrage of rockets near Israeli positions close to the Lebanese border on Friday, calling it retaliation for Israeli airstrikes on southern Lebanon a day earlier.

Israel said it was firing back after 19 rockets were launched from Lebanon, and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett swiftly convened a meeting with the country’s top defense officials. 

“We do not wish to escalate to a full war, yet of course we are very prepared for that,” said Lt. Col. Amnon Shefler, spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces. 

It was the second straight day of rocket fire from Lebanon. But where Hezbollah took responsibility for Friday’s shelling, it was unclear who was responsible for the attacks early Thursday, Shefler said.

Friday’s exchanges were a significant escalation between Israel’s new government and Hezbollah, and comes amid rising tensions between Israel and Iran that has played out in the Persian Gulf. 

Israel’s defense minister warned Thursday that his country is prepared to strike Iran, issuing the threat against the Islamic Republic after a fatal drone strike on a oil tanker at sea that his country blamed on Tehran.

The U.N. peacekeeping force deployed along the Lebanese-Israeli border said it has detected rocket launches from Lebanon on Friday, and return artillery fire by Israel. 

“This is a very serious situation and we urge all parties to cease fire,” the force known as UNIFIL said. Force commander Gen. Stefano Del Col, said the force was coordinating with the Lebanese army to strengthen security measures in the area and called on the parties to cease fire immediately.

Sirens blared across the Golan Heights and Upper Galilee near the Lebanon border Friday morning. Hezbollah said in a statement that it hit “open fields” near Israeli positions in the disputed Shebaa farms area, with “dozens” of rockets. No casualties were reported.

The group said it fired 10 rockets, calling it retaliation for Israeli airstrikes the day before. Those strikes were in retaliation to rocket fire from south Lebanon, which was not claimed by any group. 

Shebaa Farms is an enclave where the borders of Israel, Lebanon and Syria meet. Israel says it is part of the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in 1967. Lebanon and Syria say Shebaa Farms belong to Lebanon, while the United Nations says the area is part of Syria and that Damascus and Israel should negotiate its fate.

The escalation comes at a sensitive time in Lebanon, which is mired in multiple crises including a devastating economic and financial meltdown and political deadlock that has left the country without a functional government for a full year. 

Hezbollah’s response, rocketing open fields in a disputed area rather than Israel proper, appeared calibrated to limit any response.

Shefler told reporters Friday that 19 rockets had been fired into Israel, of which three fell within Lebanese territory. Ten of the remaining 16 rockets were intercepted by the defense system known as the Iron Dome.

It is also a politically sensitive time in Israel. Israel’s new eight-party governing coalition is trying to keep peace under a fragile cease-fire that ended an 11-day war with Hamas’ militant rulers in Gaza in May.

Israel has long considered Hezbollah its most serious and immediate military threat. It estimates the group possesses over 130,000 rockets and missiles capable of striking anywhere in Israel. In recent years, it also has expressed concerns that the group is trying to import or develop an arsenal of precision-guided missiles.

The attack sparked tensions between locals and Hezbollah. Videos circulated on social media after the rocket attack showing two vehicles, including a mobile rocket launcher, being stopped by villagers in the southeastern village of Shwaya in Hasbaya region near the border with the Golan Heights.

Hezbollah firing rockets from Druze residential areas

Some angry villagers, who belong to the Druze sect, could be heard saying: “Hezbollah is firing rockets from between homes so that Israel hits us back.”

Hezbollah later issued a statement saying that the rockets were fired from remote areas, adding that the fighters were stopped in Shwaya on their way back.

“The Islamic Resistance was and will always be most keen about the safety of its people and avoiding any harm to them through its acts of resistance,” the statement said.

Hezbollah, which in recent years has been fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad in the neighboring country’s civil war, named Friday’s operation after two of its fighters who were killed by Israeli fire. 

Ali Mohsen was killed in July last year in an Israeli airstrike near the Syrian capital Damascus. Mohammed Tahhan was shot dead by Israeli troops along the Lebanon-Israel border in May during a protest in support of Gaza during this year’s Israel-Hamas war.

Associated Press



24 responses to “Hezbollah says it fired rockets after Israeli airstrikes”

  1. Documentation published in the Orab networks https://t.me/abualiexpress/30261

    1. Al Jazeera: Rockets were fired at an Israeli post at the Shebaa Farms

      1. Lebanese security source for Reuters: The rockets were fired at Israel from the Arakov area in southern Lebanon

        1. Leading Lebanese media: The shooting took place from the Al-Baharia area towards an Israeli outpost on Mount Dov (Shebaa Farm)

          1. Another video that is common on the Orab channels https://t.me/abualiexpress/30266

          2. Lebanese media:
            The shooting at Israel was carried out using a multi-barreled launcher

          3. Hezbollah official announcement:
            At 11:15 a.m. Squads named after the martyr Ali Kamel Mahsan and Muhammad Hassan Tahan (Hezbollah operatives killed by Israel – AA) fired dozens of 122 mm rockets at IDF outposts in the Shebaa Farms area in response to Israeli airstrikes in Lebanon

          4. Al-Manar Channel: The IDF fires 155 mm shells at the Shebaa and Al-Baharia farms

  2. Arrest of Hezbollah operatives
    There is an interesting and new situation here.
    To this day, Hezbollah has not claimed responsibility for firing at Israel, so there was room for maneuver to claim that these were “Blastinian factions.”
    Today Hezbollah officially announced that its men had fired.
    Today, at 14:30, the Lebanese army officially announced that it had arrested the four people who fired the rockets at Israel and also confiscated the launcher.
    In other words, it is clear from the composition of the official announcements that the Lebanese army has arrested Hezbollah members who fired at Israel.
    The Lebanese government is committed to UN Resolution 1701, and Najib Mikati, who has the mandate to form a government, reiterated this today.
    The Lebanese government is now obliged, according to an official statement on its behalf, to act legally against Hezbollah operatives in its possession (there is even visual documentation of the operatives). There is an international trap here for it.
    Israel must demand through the UN transparency regarding the Lebanese government’s handling of the rocket launchers so that they are not released through the back door. All based on official announcements. This has legal significance

  3. Hezbollah response – short analysis

    I do not think that Israel should be surprised by Hezbollah’s response.
    It is necessary from the point of view of the organization.
    After all, a bombastic headline like “Israeli fighter jets attacked Lebanon for the first time since 2006” is a spit in the face of the organization in its view. After all, he bases his doctrine on the fact that he defends Lebanon and the “divine victory” in 2006 is one of the cornerstones of the doctrine.
    Hezbollah cannot help but react to this especially when tomorrow Nasrallah speaks on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the exact same “victory”.
    If the organization had not responded (and yes, before Nasrallah’s speech) it would have damaged its image. Nasrallah cannot afford it

  4. Hamas in official announcement:
    Welcomes and supports this morning’s resistance response

  5. interesting story:
    When Hezbollah operatives returned from the launch operation, with the rabbi Kenny launching the van (with 11 of the 30 rockets still in the vehicle), residents of the village of Shuya (Druze) stopped in the Hatzbia area and did not allow the vehicle to pass in protest of Hezbollah endangering rockets in the area. Near their homes.

    Hezbollah has been forced to issue an official proclamation emphasizing that the shooting is in fact part of his role as Lebanese defender and that he is making sure that Lebanese citizens are not harmed https://t.me/abualiexpress/30275 https://t.me/abualiexpress/30276

    1. I think the Druze action against Hezbollah operatives is definitely a source of hope.
      When Israel offers humanitarian aid to Lebanese citizens, it is the target audience.
      Remember that there are many more such voices than you think. Simply the publicity is not always convenient for them

      1. This is an amazing video.

        The Druze in the village of Shuya captured one of the Hezbollah operatives who was in a vehicle carrying the multi-barreled launcher.
        He gets a few slaps and looks a little scared.
        On social media they wrote: The Druze of Shuya enforce UN Resolution 1701 instead of the Lebanese Army and UNIFIL https://t.me/abualiexpress/30280

        1. The incident in the village of Shuya crosses the Lebanese for and against – interesting debates on social media.
          It became more interesting than the shooting itself

        2. In the longer version of the video, you can see in the 44th second another Hezbollah operative who gets beaten on the head by the Druze residents of the village of Shuya https://t.me/abualiexpress/30285

  6. Lebanese Army: The IDF fired 40 shells at the area of the following villages: a-Sadana, Bastra and Kfar Shuba. As a result, fires broke out there

  7. Al-Jazeera: The Lebanese army arrested four people involved in firing rockets at Israel

    1. The same news from a source opposed to Hezbollah:
      “Lebanese army rescues 4 Hezbollah members from the Druze of Kfar Shuya”

  8. Note the increase in the number of significant friction incidents in the last two weeks between Hezbollah and various population groups in Lebanon:
    1. Shooting at the funeral caravan of a Hezbollah operative in Khaleda.
    2. Demonstrations against Hezbollah on August 4 at an event marking the year of the explosion in the port of Beirut.
    3. A demonstration below Hezbollah headquarters in Dahiya against the background of an affair of smuggled fuel oil sold on the black market.
    4. Arrest of Hezbollah operatives who fired at Israel by the residents of the village of Shuya.

    Civilian elements are actively and publicly working against Hezbollah, without fear of consequences.
    This population, with its diverse segments, does not see Hezbollah as a protector of Lebanon.
    A real opposition that narrowed the organization’s steps

  9. Hezbollah supporters harass Druze fig sellers and evict them in light of the events in the village of Shuya and the capture of Hezbollah operatives after the shooting https://t.me/abualiexpress/30288

  10. The Lebanese Al-Manar channel broadcasts documentation of the rocket fire at Israel this morning https://t.me/abualiexpress/30290

    1. And here’s the professional and longer version of the shooting documentation https://t.me/abualiexpress/30291

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