Israel conducts air strikes on Ghaziyeh in southern Lebanon as part of ongoing military operations in the region.

According to the Israeli army spokesperson, the Hezbollah weapons depots near Sidon were targeted by Israeli forces. There were at least two air strikes on the coastal town of Ghaziyeh in southern Lebanon carried out by Israeli forces, as reported by the Israeli military and Lebanese state media.

An Israeli military response to an attack by Hamas on October 7th, Gaza prompted near-daily exchanges of fire across the Israel-Lebanon border between the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah and Israel. The state-run National News Agency (NNA) in Lebanon reported that Israeli warplanes targeted the town of Ghaziyeh, but few details were available and it was unclear if there were any casualties. Observers suggest that the situation is a controlled escalation between the two sides as both attempt to confine their military targets.

The Lebanese town of Ghaziyeh is within close proximity to Sidon and just 60km from the border with Israel. Avichay Adraea, an Israeli army spokesman, stated that the Israeli airstrikes were in response to the explosion of a craft near the Tiberias area, and warned that the Israeli forces would continue to act forcefully in retaliation to Hezbollah attacks. Following the strikes, the Iran-backed Hezbollah group claimed responsibility for attacks on Israeli posts in the Shebaa Farms border area of Lebanon.

There has been a clear tit-for-tat exchange of fire occurring between the sides. According to Al Jazeera’s correspondent Zeina Khodr, the situation is still some steps away from a comprehensive war, as both sides have been trying to confine the attacks to military targets. However, it remains an escalation and is a dangerous situation as civilians are caught in the crossfire.

Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah has made threats and vowed that Israel would pay with “blood” for the civilians killed in Lebanon. He also warned that the group possesses missiles capable of reaching anywhere in Israel. Additionally, he stated that around 200 Hezbollah fighters have been killed since the escalation began, showing the high stakes in this conflict.

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