Israel strikes Palestinian group in Lebanon after punishing Hamas for Gaza rocket fire
Israeli airstrikes targeted the headquarters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Lebanon’s Bekaa region, local media report. Earlier, the IDF struck several targets in Gaza, in retaliation for rocket fire.
“Three Israeli airstrikes targeted the Lebanese-Syria border east of Zahle… explosions were heard in several parts of the Bekaa valley,” An-Nahar news channel said as unverified footage of the strike apparently targeting the PFLP office spread across social media. The strikes seem to be limited as the PFLP said initial reports indicate no casualties.
The alleged raid on the Lebanon-Syria border area follows a confirmed Israeli attack against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip that targeted a military compound and the militant group battalion commander’s office. Earlier, Tel Aviv accused the organization of firing three rockets into Israel, two of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
While it remains unclear if the two latest raids are linked, the Monday morning Beqaa Valley incident follows a alleged cross-border intrusion of Israeli drones into Beirut the night before.
Israel has recently intensified its efforts to root out ‘Iran’s proxies’ in the region. Benjamin Netanyahu openly declared that any country Tel Aviv suspects of “allowing” its territory to be used for attacks against Israel will “bear the consequences.”
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