Israel responds to Hezbollah attack from Lebanon deploying ‘tens of thousands’ to northern border

Hezbollah, whose name means “Party of God" (also spelled Hizballah), is an Iran-backed Shi'a militia group based in Lebanon

Israeli forces have launched rockets into southern Lebanon, striking Hezbollah forces after the terror group fired anti-tank missiles across the border initially hitting Israeli soldiers, officials said.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said Wednesday that the Israeli army shelled the Lebanese border town of Duhaira and the surrounding area where the missile attack came from. He also said Israel was actively fighting a secondary front along Israel’s northern border with Hezbollah in Lebanon, in addition to the counteroffensive the IDF is launching in the Gaza Strip.

“We have deployed tens of thousands of additional units along the northern border,” Conricus said, including infantry, special forces, armored forces, artillery, air forces, and “additional assets including intelligence and logistics.”

He added, “The message to Hezbollah is very clear: ‘If they try to attack, we are ready and we are vigilant on our border.’”

Hezbollah is an Iran-backed Shi’a militia group based in Lebanon. The U.S. State Department has designated it a foreign terrorist group.

This group operates separately from Hamas, another U.S. State-designated terror group, which is based in Gaza. The Iran-backed group has endorsed the Hamas attacks on Israel, but has not officially joined the war.

The Israeli reinforcements were sent to the Israel-Lebanon border after Hezbollah fired anti-tank missiles at an Israeli military position in a northern border town of Aramsha.

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