Man slightly hurt, damage caused in barrage of over 60 Hezbollah rockets at north

Terror group says missiles launched in response to Israeli attack in south Lebanon that killed civilians; Magen David Adom ambulance damaged in Kiryat Shmona

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

A damaged car during rocket fire from south Lebanon toward Kiryat Shmona near the Lebanese border on May 5, 2024. (Jalaa MAREY / AFP)
A damaged car during rocket fire from south Lebanon toward Kiryat Shmona near the Lebanese border on May 5, 2024. (Jalaa MAREY / AFP)

The Hezbollah terror group launched more than 60 rockets at northern Israel on Sunday, injuring a man and causing damage to homes vehicles, and infrastructure in the northern city of Kiryat Shmona, following a deadly Israeli airstrike on southern Lebanon.

In the first attack, some 20 rockets were launched at Kiryat Shmona, according to the Israel Defense Forces. Some of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.

A man aged 65 was slightly wounded by shrapnel, medics said.

At least 10 rockets struck the largely evacuated city, setting cars on fire, damaging homes, and causing a power outage in some areas, a spokesperson for Kiryat Shmona said.

The Magen David Adom emergency service said one of its ambulances was also damaged in the rocket attack.

Several hours later, another barrage of some 40 rockets was fired from Lebanon at the Galilee Panhandle area, the IDF said.

There were no reports of injuries in the second attack.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for both barrages, saying they were a response to a strike in southern Lebanon’s Mays al-Jabal earlier Sunday, which it said killed and wounded civilians.

The IDF said the site it struck in Mays al-Jabal was a Hezbollah position.

A damaged home following a rocket attack in the northern city of Kiryat Shmona, May 5, 2024. (David Cohen/Flash90)

Following the 60 rockets, the military said it struck several sites belonging to the terror group in southern Lebanon.

The sites hit by fighter jets included buildings and other infrastructure in the towns of Markaba, Taybe, Kafr Kila and Odaisseh, according to the IDF.

Since October 8, Hezbollah-led forces have attacked Israeli communities and military posts along the border on a near-daily basis, with the group saying it is doing so to support Gaza during the war there.

So far, the skirmishes on the border have resulted in nine civilian deaths on the Israeli side, as well as the deaths of 11 IDF soldiers and reservists. There have also been several attacks from Syria, without any injuries.

Hezbollah has named 290 members who have been killed by Israel during the ongoing skirmishes, mostly in Lebanon, but some also in Syria. In Lebanon, another 56 operatives from other terror groups, a Lebanese soldier and at least 60 civilians, three of whom were journalists, have been killed.

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