Dr Mike Evans

One killed as 30 rockets fired into Israel from southern Lebanon

Hezbollah’s barrage of 30 rockets from southern Lebanon resulted in one fatality and two reported minor injuries in Kiryat Shmona. Property damage also occurred in the area.

Hezbollah claimed the attack was retaliation for strikes on southern Lebanon. Magen David Adom paramedics recovered the body of 25-year-old Zahar Bashara, a resident of the Druze village of Ein Kaniya in the Golan Heights.

He was killed in Kiryat Shmona by a direct rocket hit, according to reports. Bashara, who worked in Kiryat Shmona’s industrial sector, was declared dead at the scene. It was clarified that he was not a local resident.

A spokesperson for Kiryat Shmona expressed condolences for the loss and instructed residents to remain in protected areas until further notice. The attack prompted heightened security measures and anxiety among residents, who fear further escalation.

The Israel Police reported dealing with rocket debris near Kiryat Shmona, confirming property damage but lacking casualty information. They urged residents to avoid debris sites, refrain from handling any potentially explosive material, and report to the emergency hotline. The police’s swift response aimed to ensure public safety amidst the aftermath of the attack.

MK Gideon Sa’ar commented on the attack, emphasizing the toll of war on civilians and businesses. His statement reflected broader concerns about the impact of ongoing conflicts on communities and livelihoods.

Israel faces challenges in Gaza, Lebanon, and international relations. Sa’ar called for a reevaluation of strategic approaches to warfare. His remarks highlighted the need for innovative solutions to address the complex and evolving threats facing the nation.

The strikes also came one day after the IDF struck Hezbollah locations in Lebanon in response to the terror group’s attacks on an air traffic control base in northern Israel, along with a winery in a border area.