Hezbollah launched dozens of rockets at Israeli military facilities in “initial retaliation” for the death of the deputy leader of Hamas in Lebanon.

On January 6, the Israeli army announced that the Meron area in the north of the country suffered “about 40 raids” originating from Lebanese territory.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah force, an ally of Hamas, later said it had launched 62 rockets targeting an Israeli military watchtower. Hezbollah affirms that this is an important base for the Israeli army, used by the enemy for “air traffic monitoring” and “aviation control”.

The armed group said the series of raids was in “initial retaliation” for the death of Saleh al-Arouri, deputy leader of Hamas’s political wing and one of the founders of the Qassam Brigades armed wing.

Saleh al-Arouri was killed on January 2 in a drone strike (UAV) in Dahiyeh, a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital Beirut, which is believed to be a stronghold of Hezbollah. Hamas and Hezbollah said that Israel was the one who carried out the killing, while Israel did not accept responsibility.

In response to Hezbollah, Israel airstrikes a number of armed group bases in the Ayta ash-Shab, Yaroun and Ramyah regions in southern Lebanon. Israel affirms that these targets are rocket launch points and military and logistics facilities of Hezbollah.

Israeli media stated that January 6 marked one of the largest series of raids on the Israel-Lebanon border since the Gaza Strip war broke out on October 7, 2023.

Sayyed Hassan Nassallah, leader of Hezbollah, a day ago warned that residents of northern Israel “will be the first to pay the price if a full-scale war breaks out” along the Lebanon-Israel border.

Nassallah emphasized that Hezbollah is determined to avenge the death of Saleh al-Arouri and argued that Lebanon risks suffering further attacks from Israel if Hezbollah does not respond appropriately.