The Israeli military said it was striking Hezbollah targets deep
inside Lebanon but provided no further details. There was no
immediate comment from Hezbollah.
The strikes hit an area some 18 km (11 miles) from the city of
Baalbek, which is known for its ancient ruins, a UNESCO World
Heritage site. Part of the Bekaa Valley region bordering Syria,
the area is a political stronghold of the Shi'ite group
Hezbollah. The sources said Israel had carried out two
Lebanese television station Al-Jadeed broadcast images of plumes
of smoke rising from the area.
Hezbollah has been waging attacks on Israeli positions at the
Lebanese-Israeli frontier since the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by
its Palestinian ally Hamas, in what it has described as a
campaign to support Palestinians under fire in the Gaza Strip.
Hezbollah said earlier on Monday it had shot down an Israeli
Hermes 450 drone over Lebanese territory using a surface-to-air
missile, the second time it has announced a downing of this type
of unmanned aerial vehicle.
The Israeli military said that two missile launches had targeted
an Israeli Air Force UAV operating over Lebanon. The first, it
said, was intercepted by Israel's "David's Sling" Aerial Defense
System but the drone "fell inside Lebanese territory" after a
The hostilities, which have mostly played out in areas near the
Lebanese-Israeli border, widened last week with Israel striking
an area just south of the coastal city of Sidon.
It has marked the worst violence between Israel and Hezbollah
since the 2006 war.
Israeli strikes since October have killed some 50 civilians in
Lebanon, in addition to some 200 Hezbollah fighters.
Attacks from Lebanon into Israel have killed a dozen Israeli
soldiers troops and five civilians.
The violence has uprooted tens of thousands of people on both
sides of the border.
(Reporting by Maya Gebeily and Laila Bassam in Beirut and Dan
Williams in Jerusalem; Writing by Tom Perry, Editing by Angus
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