Israeli warplanes strike eastern Lebanon for the first time since Gaza conflict erupts | Updates on Gaza

Hezbollah has reported that at least two people were killed in an attack near Baalbek, their stronghold located approximately 100km from the border with Israel. Lebanese security officials have stated that this is the first time Israel has targeted eastern Lebanon since the war on Gaza began in October of the previous year.

On Monday, Israeli military planes conducted three air strikes on the outskirts of Buday village near Baalbek, causing the deaths of two individuals. The Israeli military stated that the strikes were aimed at “Hezbollah terror targets deep inside Lebanon”. These strikes came in response to a surface-to-air missile being launched by Hezbollah that downed an Israeli drone in southern Lebanon earlier in the day.

A Hezbollah official revealed that the strikes hit a warehouse, resulting in the deaths of two individuals. The warehouse was part of Hezbollah’s Sajjad Project, through which they provide food products to their stronghold at discounted prices. Videos shared by Lebanese media outlets showed the aftermath of the attack, including a destroyed area with damaged vehicles and buildings.

The air strikes occurred after Hezbollah claimed to have shot down an Israeli drone over their stronghold in southern Lebanon, with another missile being intercepted by Israel near a synagogue in northern Israel. The ongoing clashes between Hezbollah and Israeli forces along the border have resulted in civilian casualties, with at least 47 deaths reported.

Hezbollah, backed by Iran and with ties to Hamas, has stated that they will cease their attacks on Israel once a ceasefire is reached in Gaza. However, Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant has warned against assuming that a Gaza ceasefire will extend to the northern front. The conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has resulted in a significant number of Palestinian casualties and displacements.

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