Israel said to hit Hezbollah stronghold deep inside Lebanon, marking northernmost strike amid war

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Lebanese media outlets report that Israeli airstrikes have occurred near northeastern Lebanon’s Baalbek.

The strikes reportedly take place near the town of al-Ain area in the Baalbek District, more than 110 kilometers (70 miles)  from the Israeli border

Footage shows smoke rising from an allegedly targeted site.

Baalbek has been identified in the past as a Hezbollah stronghold.

The strike would be the fifth time that Israel has hit Hezbollah positions in the Baalbek area since hostilities on Israel’s northern border began on October 8, and the deepest strike in Lebanon amid the Israel-Hamas war.

The strikes come after Hezbollah fired missiles at the Mount Meron air traffic control base in northern Israel. Rocket fire over the last day has also damaged a winery in the border community of Avivim and a home in the town of Betzet.

Sirens have also sounded twice in the last hour in the border village of Hanita.

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