Hezbollah Strikes Israel Intel Base With 60+ Rockets as “Initial Response” to Hamas Leader Assassination

Saleh al-Arouri , Wiki

Hamas deputy chief Saleh al-Arouri was assassinated by an Israeli drone in a Beirut neighborhood last week. Hezbollah, a Lebanese paramilitary group backed by Iran, responded by firing missiles against military bases and communities in northern Israel. Alert sirens were triggered in over 90 towns and settlements. Critics are concerned about the spread of a wider war in the Middle East and US involvement.


Lebanese paramilitary group backed by Iran unleashes large salvos of missiles against military bases and communities in northern Israel

Hezbollah on Saturday initiated what it announced as “an initial response” to Israel’s assassination by drone of Hamas deputy chief Saleh al-Arouri, which happened in a south Beirut neighborhood last week.

The Lebanese paramilitary group backed by Iran unleashed large salvos of missiles that bombarded military bases as well as communities in northern Israel (many of which have long been evacuated), triggering alert sirens among some 90 towns and settlements.

The Hezbollah statement declared that the assault was “part of the initial response to the crime of assassinating the great leader Sheikh Saleh al-Arouri.”

The Israel Defense Forces in a follow-up statement said some 40 rockets were fired from Lebanon at the Mount Meron area in particular, which contains a crucial IDF base which reportedly has overseen Israeli operations against Syria.

Hezbollah indicated it launched 62 “various types of missiles” against the Meron air control base as part of Saturday’s retaliatory attacks, however, Israel said there were no casualties in the aftermath.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah-linked Almayadeen news service has said that the targeting of Meron Base is a first of the conflict, and is of huge significance:

Located just 8 kilometers from Lebanon’s southern border, “Meron” Base overlooks the Lebanese towns of Rmeish, Yaroun, and Maroun al-Ras in the central sector. It occupies the summit of Mount Jarmaq in northern occupied Palestine, making it the highest peak within the occupied territories.

Sitting at an altitude of approximately 1200 meters above sea level, the base sprawls across an area of up to 150,000 square meters, with a substantial portion of the surrounding areas believed to be under its control for military and intelligence purposes.

According to the Resistance statement released today, “Meron” primarily serves as an aerial surveillance center.

It is the sole facility responsible for managing and controlling air operations toward Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Cyprus, as well as the northern part of the eastern Mediterranean Sea basin. Moreover, this base acts as a central hub for electronic warfare interference in the mentioned directions, staffed by a significant number of elite Israeli officers and soldiers.

Hezbollah has already since Oct.7 been targeting and degrading Israel’s vast military communications infrastructure along the Lebanese border, often publishing videos of these attacks.

It is as yet unknown the degree of damage that Meron base may have suffered, and Israel is likely to keep this under wraps even if the damage is extensive.

Saturday’s escalation was met with swift reaction from the European Union, which urged restraint:

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Saturday that it was “imperative” to avoid a regional escalation in the Middle East.

“It is absolutely necessary to avoid Lebanon being dragged into a regional conflict,” he said, also warning Israel that “nobody will win from a regional conflict”.

“We are seeing a worrying intensification of exchange of fire across the Blue Line,” he added, referring to the current demarcation line between the two countries, a frontier mapped by the United Nations that marks the line to which Israeli forces withdrew when they left south Lebanon in 2000.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah had vowed to retaliate for the killing of Hamas political deputy head Saleh Arouri in a Friday speech, while also saying he won’t negotiate ceasefire with Israel until it ceases attacking Gaza.

IDF published clips of its airstrikes on southern Lebanon Saturday:

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Milton Farrow
Milton Farrow
6 months ago

Lebanon has committed a capitol error – and will now find it’s cities in ruins-

terry shead
terry shead
6 months ago

Irsael must stop its genocide of Palestinians in Gaza

Ben Adam
Ben Adam
6 months ago
Reply to  terry shead

If Israel wanted genocide it could be done in a matter of hours by air. Oh, and they wouldn’t wait for civilians to evacuate after leaflet dropping and phone calls, and endangering their own personnel to avoid collateral damage. Perhaps you’d prefer a “proportionate response” of the same kind to the atrocious pogrom wrought upon the sleeping innocents in Israel on October 7th? No? I didn’t think so. Then again, the Jews are not sadistic savages like Hamas.

6 months ago

This situation can’t be resolved with Obama/Biden protection, financial support and encouragement of Iran and terrorism. The EU, the UN the Global Godless will always call for “restraint” – “ceasefires” – proportionality”…anything to prevent Israel’s reasonable and necessary defense. But they don’t mind so much whenever Israel is being attacked. The hatred of Israel and Jews is the oldest and most pervasive satanic hatred in the world!