Four Israeli soldiers were seriously wounded in missile and drone attacks carried out by the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group against army positions in northern Israel on Friday.
The Israel Defense Forces said three soldiers were seriously wounded after an anti-tank guided missile launched from Lebanon hit an army post near the northern community of Menara on Friday morning.
Later in the day, another soldier was seriously wounded and a second was moderately hurt when an explosives-laden drone struck a group of soldiers on the northern border.
All the soldiers were taken to hospital for treatment.
The IDF said that three drones were launched from Lebanon, with one being intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system. Another hit the soldiers, while the third apparently hit an open field.
The drones set off sirens in several towns in the Upper Galilee.
The Hezbollah terror group claimed responsibility for the missile and drone attacks.
Also Friday, a number of mortars were fired from southern Lebanon at the northern village of Arab al-Aramshe, causing no injuries or damage.
The IDF said Friday evening that it was carrying out strikes against Hezbollah sites in southern Lebanon in response to the attacks.
Since Hamas’s onslaught on October 7 and the subsequent war inside Gaza, where Israel seeks to topple the ruling terror group, the Iran-backed Hezbollah has conducted and overseen daily assaults on Israel’s northern border from Lebanon, but has stopped short of launching a full-scale campaign.
Israel, too, has attempted to walk a fine line, responding with significant firepower to attacks and attempted attacks, while trying to avoid actions that would escalate the conflict as it seeks to keep its focus on Gaza.
The persistent skirmishes along the border have resulted in two civilian deaths on the Israeli side, as well as the deaths of six IDF soldiers.
On the Lebanese side, more than 80 have been killed. The toll includes at least 68 Hezbollah members, eight Palestinian terrorists, a number of civilians and one Reuters journalist.