Videos: IDF Aircraft Bomb Sites in Southern Lebanon in Response to Earlier Rockets
22:09 GMT 04.08.2021 (Updated: 00:08 GMT 05.08.2021)
Hours after Israel shelled positions in southern Lebanon in response to several rocket launches, jet aircraft were reported flying over the area carrying out airstrikes early Thursday morning.
The airstrikes were allegedly confirmed by media belonging to Hezbollah, a Shiite militant group that controls much of southern Lebanon and has fought several wars against Israel in the past. There was no news of casualties or damage caused by the strikes, which hit sites in Al-Khiam, Kafr Kila and Alaishiyeh.
Videos filmed as the jets roared overhead captured several of the strikes.
The Israeli Defense Forces also confirmed the strikes, saying they were against "infrastructure used for terrorism," including the areas from which rockets had been launched at Israel on Wednesday.
"IDF attacks will continue and even intensify in the face of terrorist attempts against the State of Israel and its citizens," the statement continued. "The State of Lebanon is responsible for what happens in its territory. The IDF warns of continued attempts to harm Israeli citizens and their sovereignty."
The IDF also posted a video of two of the strikes shot by infrared camera.
On Wednesday afternoon, three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon toward the Israeli villages of Kiryat Shmona, Kfar Giladi, and Tel Hai, which sit near the Blue Line de facto border between the two countries. While one sparked a brush fire, no casualties were reported. In response, the IDF fired three bursts of artillery fire into southern Lebanon.