An occupation army helicopter during reconnaissance operations near the Lebanese border yesterday, Wednesday (French)

Two people were killed in an Israeli bombing in southern Lebanon on Wednesday evening, at a time when the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), announced the targeting of two military sites in northern Israel with dozens of missiles launched from southern Lebanon.

The Lebanese Civil Defense reported that a man and his wife were killed in an Israeli raid that targeted a house in the town of Kafra, south of Lebanon.

The official Lebanese News Agency also reported that “enemy warplanes raided the towns of Siddiqin and Kafra in three batches, resulting in the death of two martyrs from the town of Kafra, in addition to 14 injuries to date, including wounds and cases of suffocation.”

Prior to that, the Israeli occupation army said that it carried out a raid on Lebanese Hezbollah sites and bombarded with artillery the town of Hula in southern Lebanon.

Al Jazeera's correspondent, in turn, said that an Israeli raid targeted the town of Siddiqin and the vicinity of the town of Kafra.

The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades - Lebanon announced earlier Wednesday that it had targeted two Israeli military sites with "two missile salvos consisting of 40 Grad missiles."

In a statement published on the Telegram application, Al-Qassam placed the bombing in the context of “a response to the Zionist massacres against civilians in the Gaza Strip and the assassination of the martyred leaders and their brothers in the southern suburbs” of Beirut.

Property damage

On the other hand, the Israeli army said in a statement that “about 10 projectiles were detected that crossed from Lebanon into northern Israel,” adding that sirens sounded in the Kiryat Shmona region in the north of the country.

He added that the air defenses "successfully confronted a number of projectiles," noting that they struck "the sources of fire in Lebanon."

The Israeli police reported damage to property in the Kiryat Shmona area, but no casualties were reported.

On the other hand, Hezbollah announced targeting sites of Israeli forces near the border.

He said, "In support of our steadfast Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and in support of their brave and honorable resistance, the Mujahideen of the Islamic Resistance targeted a deployment of Israeli soldiers in the vicinity of the Birkat Risha site with missile weapons, and achieved direct hits."

In a statement on Telegram, Hezbollah added, “The Ramtha and Al-Samaqa sites in the occupied Lebanese Shebaa Farms were also targeted with missile weapons, and they were hit directly.”

Israeli response

In what appeared to be a response to the strikes coming from Lebanon, the Israeli army announced that it had carried out attacks on Hezbollah’s military infrastructure in Ebel al-Saqi, Yarin, and Bint Jbeil in southern Lebanon, and a platform used to launch missiles at Kiryat Shmona.

The Israeli army spokesman said that some of the rockets launched from southern Lebanon fell inside Lebanese territory, and the rest fell in open areas inside Israeli territory without causing any casualties.

The spokesman added that Israeli warplanes bombed a launcher used to launch missiles towards Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel.

He also pointed out that Hezbollah's military infrastructure was targeted in the areas of Al-Saqi, Bint Jbeil and Yarin.

Mutual bombing

It is noteworthy that the Lebanese-Israeli border has witnessed almost daily bombardment between the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Israeli army since the outbreak of the war on Gaza on the seventh of last October, and Palestinian factions in Lebanon also claim responsibility for attacks in the region from time to time.

The escalation over more than four months prompted tens of thousands of residents on both sides of the border to evacuate their homes, and caused the death of at least 286 people, including 197 Hezbollah fighters, 44 civilians, and 24 Palestinian fighters.

While the Israeli army announced the killing of 10 soldiers and 6 civilians.

The military escalation raised local and international fears that the exchange of bombardments would expand into a widespread confrontation between Hezbollah and Israel, which fought a devastating war in the summer of 2006.

Source: Al Jazeera + agencies