15 October 2023

Hizbollah said that it had conducted “several strikes on an Israeli post and a settlement near the border with Lebanon, in retaliation for the aggression on Lebanon which killed three Lebanese in the last two days”. According to Israeli sources, the attacks led to two fatalities and several injuries. Separately, Hamas claimed responsibility for firing rockets into Israel from Lebanon. The Israeli military responded by striking Hizbollah facilities and the rocket launch site in Lebanon. The same day, defence minister Yoav Gallant asserted that “we have no interest in a war in the north”, adding: “If Hizbollah chooses the path of war, it will pay a very heavy price… But if it restrains itself, we’ll respect the situation and keep things the way they are, despite shooting from both sides”.

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