On August 6, Hezbollah’s Central Media released footage of the Lebanese group’s recent rocket attack on northern Israel.
The attack, which was a response to the August 5 Israeli airstrikes on South Lebanon, saw Hezbollah fighter firing at least 19 rocket at northern Israel. According to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), ten of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
The Israeli airstrikes were a response to the August 4 rocket attack which was launched from South Lebanon. A major fire broke out near the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Shmona as a result of the attack.
In a statement, Hezbollah said that the rocket attack targeted empty areas on purpose because the recent Israeli airstrikes targeted empty areas only.
The footage released by the Central Media shows an improvised launcher hidden in the back of a mini truck firing Grad 122 mm rockets from a farmland.
The launcher was ambushed on its way back by opponents of Hezbollah in the Druze town of Chwaya. Local supporters of Hezbollah quickly intervened along with the Lebanese military, who took the fighters into custody and seized the launcher.
Within a few hours, Hezbollah fighters were release by the Lebanese military. The rocket launcher was allegedly handed back to the Lebanese group.
Truck and driver free😁 pic.twitter.com/XF2fuGQQIE
— ZOKA (@200_zoka) August 6, 2021
The IDF responded to the rocket attack with few artillery strikes. Israeli security official said that Tel Aviv is “preparing additional response options using various means, overt and covert, depending on the developments.”
Israel will not likely escalate further. Any new attack by the IDF on South Lebanon could provoke Hezbollah to launch more strikes. The Lebanese group has already demonstrated its readiness to strike northern Israel.
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