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Hezbollah drone strike kills IDF soldier, wounds 10 others - President Herzog: ‘The world needs to wake up’

Two explosive drones injure 11 Israeli soldiers in Druze town of Hurfeish

Sire of a drone attack at a soccer field in the town of Hurfeish, northern Israel (Photo: Screenshot/X)

An IDF reservist was killed and 10 additional soldiers were wounded by a drone attack launched by Hezbollah on Wednesday evening at a field in the town of Hurfeish, Israeli media reported.

Another victim was left in serious condition and nine others suffered moderate to light wounds after two drones exploded on a soccer field, the Israeli newspaper Maariv reported.

The IDF announced the death of Staff Sgt. (res.) Refael Kauders (39) from Tzur Hadassah on Thursday morning.

The IDF said it is investigating why no warning sirens were activated before the drone strike.

According to Maariv, the attack was carried out in two stages, with the second drone striking first responders sometime after the first drone had exploded.

The town of Hurfeish is around 3 kilometers (less than 2 miles) from the Lebanese border. Its residents, primarily members of the Druze community, have not been evacuated.

Hezbollah later claimed responsibility for the attack, stating it launched a “drone squadron” at a gathering of IDF soldiers in the area in retaliation for an IDF strike that killed a Hezbollah terrorist in a-Naqoura on Tuesday.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog appealed to the international community on Wednesday evening amid the rising tensions with Hezbollah in recent weeks.

“I turn from here to the international community and its leaders and emphasize - it is impossible to remain indifferent to this terrorism, from Lebanon and in general,” Herzog said.

“Israel has been attacked daily, for many months, by Iran’s arms in Lebanon, in flagrant violation of all international agreements and resolutions. The world needs to wake up and realize that Israel has no choice but to protect its citizens and don't be surprised when it does so ever more strongly and firmly, and don't complain when the situation is out of control!”

“This is not the time to stand by and let the area escalate. This evil terrorist aggression must be curbed and stopped,” Herzog charged.

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

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