Towns in southern Lebanon are exposed daily to air strikes and Israeli artillery shelling (Reuters)

Mutual bombardment continued between Lebanese Hezbollah and the Israeli occupation army along the border strip, while Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant threatened to intensify the bombing of southern Lebanon, even if a temporary truce was reached with Gaza.

Hezbollah announced this morning that it had targeted an Israeli force in the Al-Baghdadi site and its environs, and had achieved a direct hit.

The party added in separate statements that it targeted Israeli soldiers in the Al-Malikiyah and Al-Manara settlements, in northern Israel.

On the other hand, Israeli Army Radio announced the interception of a surface-to-air missile in Marj Ibn Amer launched from Lebanon, confirming that the missile was trying to intercept an Israeli drone.

Al Jazeera's correspondent also reported that sirens were sounding in several areas of the Upper Galilee, including Marj bin Amer, south of Nazareth, and the Alon Hatavor industrial zone near Afula.

Sirens also sounded in several areas of the occupied Syrian Golan.

The Israeli occupation army announced on Sunday evening that it had bombed a Hezbollah group in the town of Blida, in the Marjayoun District, southern Lebanon.

In a statement on its account on the

In the wake of a devastating Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, Hezbollah and Palestinian factions in Lebanon have exchanged bombings with the Israeli army on a daily basis since October 8, resulting in deaths and injuries on both sides, in addition to casualties among Lebanese civilians.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant during his visit to the border area with Lebanon (Israeli press)

Gallant threats

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant has threatened to intensify Hezbollah's bombing in Lebanon, even if a temporary truce is reached with the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the Gaza Strip, which is being discussed under the auspices of several regional and Western countries.

“I arrived at the Northern Command,” Gallant said during his visit to the Northern Command headquarters in Safed. “I came to examine how to intensify our firepower and our readiness to act against Hezbollah, everywhere and with increasing intensity.”

He continued, "We are targeting activists, and we are targeting Hezbollah leaders, and they are looking for others to replace them. I can tell you that I do not see any volunteers. Everyone is afraid. We will go ahead and strike them," he claimed.

Galant added, "We will intensify the shooting in the north, even if a truce is concluded in Gaza, until Hezbollah surrenders."

He added, "If there is someone here who thinks that when we reach an agreement to release the kidnapped people in the south (Gaza) and the fire stops temporarily, this will mitigate what is happening here, then he is wrong."

Galant added, "We will continue to fire, and we will intensify it independently of the south until we achieve our goals."

Gallant has previously vowed, on more than one occasion, to remove Hezbollah beyond the Litani River in southern Lebanon, through a political settlement or through military action.

Since October 7, 2023, Israel has been waging a devastating war on the Gaza Strip, leaving tens of thousands of victims, most of them children and women, according to Palestinian and UN data, which led to Israel appearing before the International Court of Justice on charges of committing “genocide.”

Source: Al Jazeera + agencies