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Heavy day of fighting in northern Israel, multiple drone infiltration attempts by Hezbollah

IDF reportedly kills senior Hamas commander in Lebanon airstrike

Israeli soldiers patrol in the snow in Mount Hermon, near the Israeli border with Lebanon, northern Israel, Nov. 20, 2023. (Photo: Ayal Margolin/Flash90)

During another busy day of fighting between Israel and the Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah, the IDF retaliated with attacks throughout southern Lebanon after multiple drone infiltrations and other attacks against Israel.

Until the early afternoon, Hezbollah had claimed responsibility for at least 12 of the attacks, which the terror organization said were carried out as revenge according to the principle “an eye for an eye.”

Three of the attacks came explicitly in response to alleged Israeli attacks on journalists and civilians earlier in Lebanon.

Lebanese media outlets, some with Hezbollah affiliations, reported that eight civilians were killed in Israeli strikes, among them two journalists and an elderly woman.

The journalists were allegedly employed by Al Mayadeen, a news channel believed to have close ties with Hezbollah and whose operations Israeli politicians are planning to ban soon.

Hezbollah later claimed to have attacked a factory of Israel's Rafael defense company, in retaliation for an Israeli strike against an aluminum factory in Nabatieh a few days ago.

Around noon, Lebanese media reported a vehicle as being the target of an Israeli airstrike in the area of Sidon.

The target was the passenger Khalil Kharaz, who was the deputy head of Hamas' military wing in Lebanon. He was reportedly eliminated together with two other people.

Hezbollah carried out multiple infiltration attempts with armed drones along the border with Israel, and launched several rockets, mortar grenades and anti-tank missiles at northern cities, including Metula, Kiryat Shmona, Shlomi and Nahariya. The IDF made no reports of damage or injuries as a result of those attacks.

Smoke trails are seen as rockets launched from Lebanon into northern Israel are intercepted by the Israeli Iron Dome, near Kiryat Shmona, Nov. 21, 2023. (Photo: Ayal Margolin/Flash90)

Israeli forces also struck several terrorist targets in Lebanon, including anti-tank squads, military infrastructure and command posts, with aircraft and artillery.

Hezbollah’s deputy leader, Naim Kassem, announced that as long as “Israeli aggression” continued in Gaza, his forces wouldn’t rule out the possibility of further deterioration.

“You will receive neither assurances nor a document from us, what is needed is the cessation of aggression, and when that happens, we will talk,” Kassem said on Tuesday.

The terror organization also announced on Tuesday that 78 of its fighters were killed in the skirmishes with Israel so far. According to estimates in Israeli media, the real number may approach 100 by now.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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