Smoke rises in southern Lebanon after Israeli shelling (French)

Lebanese Hezbollah confirmed on Sunday that it targeted a gathering of Israeli soldiers in the settlement of Al-Manara with missiles and a military radar site, confirming the achievement of direct hits, while the Washington Post quoted US officials as saying that the high intensity of mutual shelling between Israel and Hezbollah raised criticism and concern of the United States.

The party added that it targeted a gathering of Israeli enemy soldiers in the vicinity of the Metulla site, killing and wounding them, saying that it targeted with Kornet missiles a tank in the Ruwaisa al-Assi site, destroying it and killing and wounding its crew.

He also announced that he had targeted the Israeli Shomera barracks and the Marj site, and achieved direct hits.

Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that 6 rockets were fired towards the Israeli radar site in the occupied Shebaa farms in southern Lebanon and the vicinity of the town of Habariyeh.

He added that six other rockets were fired from southern Lebanon towards Israeli positions in the Upper Galilee.

For its part, the Lebanese news agency said that Israeli aircraft launched raids on the outskirts of the towns of Houla, Naqoura and Jabal al-Labouneh in southern Lebanon.

Kornet missiles

In a related development, the Israeli Channel 12 said that the army's estimates indicate that Hezbollah fired Kornet missiles on Saturday at Israel by targeting the Meron base.

The army must find solutions to counter Kornet missiles because Iron Dome is not designed to deal with this type of missile, she said.

It also reported that a house in the town of Metulla was directly hit by an anti-armor missile fired from southern Lebanon.

Additional responses

In this context, the head of Hizbullah's Executive Council said that targeting the Meron base is not the only response to the assassination of Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri, and stressed that there are additional responses, without elaborating.

On Saturday, Hezbollah bombed the Israeli Meron air control base with the largest rocket barrage since the start of the border exchange of fire, as part of a preliminary response to the assassination of Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri.

Hezbollah announced yesterday the death of 4 of its members in border confrontations with Israel, bringing the number of dead since the eighth of last October to 152.

The Israeli army responded to the targeting of the Meron base by shelling two Hezbollah military compounds in the Sidon area of southern Lebanon.

Criticism of Washington

The Washington Post, citing a U.S. intelligence assessment, reported that Israel's talk of expanding the war to Lebanon worries the United States.

She said Israel's success in a war against Hezbollah amid ongoing fighting in the Gaza Strip would be difficult.

The newspaper also added that the Israeli army has not only struck Hezbollah positions, but also Lebanese army positions more than 34 times since the eighth of last October.

Tel Aviv has said that if no deal is reached to keep Hezbollah forces away from the Lebanese border, a limited war could erupt between the two sides.

Source : Al Jazeera + Anatolia