Hezbollah Attacks Northern Israel, Heightening Tensions

By Yoni Weiss

Rockets fired from Lebanon, into the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona, Thursday. (Ayal Margolin/Flash90)

Hezbollah claimed responsibility over Shabbos for firing anti-tank missiles toward Metula in northern Israel, striking at least two homes and igniting fires in the area. The terror group stated that the missiles were aimed at “homes used by [IDF] soldiers” in retaliation for an attack in Khiam the previous day.

Following Hezbollah’s announcement, the Hezbollah-owned Lebanese news outlet Al-Manar reported artillery shelling in southern Lebanese villages.

Tensions along the northern border have escalated as reports suggest Israel plans to shift resources from the Gaza war to the north, preparing for a potential war with Hezbollah.

In an unusual move, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah also threatened Cyprus for allegedly allowing Israel to use its airports and bases for military exercises.

“The Cypriot government must be warned that opening Cypriot airports and bases for the Israeli enemy to target Lebanon means that the Cypriot government has become part of the war, and the resistance [Hezbollah] will deal with it as part of the war,” Nasrallah said.

This threat against Cyprus, an EU member state, surprised both Cyprus and Israel. The EU swiftly supported Nicosia, emphasizing that a threat against one member state is a threat against the entire union.

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