Friday, December 8, 2023

Seven fighters killed in Syria: Hezbollah

The Lebanese group Hezbollah has announced that seven of its members have been killed in an Israeli attack in Syria.

On Thursday, Israel announced it struck areas in Syria in response to a drone that hit a building in the Israeli port city of Eilat.

Hezbollah has confirmed on Friday that Israeli fire killed seven of its fighters, though it did not specify where or when they died.

In a statement, the group named the seven fighters and said they were “martyred on the road to Jerusalem”, the phrase Hezbollah uses to mourn members – now numbering 70 – killed since border clashes with Israel began last month.

Amid the conflict in the Gaza Strip between Israeli troops and Hamas, tension has flared along the border between the Israeli-occupied territories and Lebanon, with exchanges of fire between Israeli forces and Hezbollah.

Hezbollah and the Israeli regime have been exchanging sporadic fire since October 8, a day after the Zionist regime started bringing the Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip under a relentless and indiscriminate war.

The Lebanese resistance movement has announced the group’s “guns and rockets” were with Palestinian fighters, and stressed that it will intensify its attacks against Israel if necessary.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has recently told senior Israeli officials that Hezbollah is “ten times stronger than Hamas”, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster has reported.

President Joe Biden and his aides have advised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to launch pre-emptive strikes against Hezbollah in Lebanon, The New York Times daily newspaper has reported.

Hezbollah has already fought off two Israeli wars against Lebanon in 2000 and 2006, forcing a humiliating retreat upon the Tel Aviv regime’s military in both cases.

The resistance movement has vowed to resolutely defend Lebanon in case of any Israeli-imposed war.

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