The Israeli military reported that Hizbollah had fired nineteen rockets toward Israel, of which ten were intercepted and six impacted in open areas; the other three landed in Lebanese territory. In response, the IDF struck “the rocket launch sites in Lebanon”, and warned that “we will not tolerate any aggression against Israeli civilians”. The U.S. condemned Hizbollah’s attack “in the strongest terms”, and called on “the Lebanese government urgently to prevent such attacks and bring the area under its control”. Hizbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah subsequently maintained that “our response was linked to the Israeli strikes that occurred in south Lebanon for the first time in fifteen years”, adding: “We wanted to tell the enemy… that any air strike by the Israeli air force on Lebanon will inevitably draw a response, though in a suitable and proportionate way”. “We are not looking for war and we do not want to head towards war, but we are ready for it”, Nasrallah added. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett remarked that “even during the severe economic and political crisis in Lebanon, Iran and Hizbollah are entangling the citizens of Lebanon in a front against Israel. Lebanon and its army must take responsibility for what is happening in their backyard… The State of Israel will not accept firing at its territory”.
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