Early Tuesday, Israel’s Defense Forces said it fired artillery shells towards Lebanon in reprisal for rockets fired from the neighbouring Middle Eastern country against Israel.
The IDF said it fired the missiles towards Lebanon in retaliation for two rockets fired at it, which sounded sirens across northern Israel. The Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepted one of the rockets, while the other crashed in an open region inside Israel, according to the report.
“We remain prepared to defend Israel on all fronts,” the IDF said in a statement.
Syrian state-run SANA News Agency reported that Israel’s shells were intercepted by the military in the vicinity of al-Safira in the Aleppo countryside.
However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based human rights organization, said the Israeli strikes destroyed Iranian weapons warehouses though no casualties were reported.
Loud explosions were heard in the al-Safira neighbourhood, where weapons stockpiles of the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and Iranian-backed militias are located, according to the report.
The attack on Lebanon is Israel’s first since Naftali Bennett was elected Prime Minister, succeeding Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest-serving leader.
Israel attacked the scientific research centre in Kharbat al-Tinah, as well as other military posts and an ammunition warehouse belonging to the Iran-backed Hezbollah in the Homs countryside, killing 11 Syrian soldiers and militiamen just days before the Israeli parliament voted to confirm Bennett as the new prime minister.
The IDF announced on July 10 that it had foiled “the greatest smuggling attempt” in recent years along the Lebanon-Israel border, seizing 43 firearms.
“We are examining the possibility of Hezbollah’s involvement,” it said.