A high-ranking official with Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement says the group’s “guns and rockets” are with Palestinian fighters who carried out a surprise offensive against Israeli-occupied territories.
Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, head of the Executive Council of Hezbollah, made the remarks at an event in the southern Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh in solidarity with the Palestinian fighters on Sunday.
“Our history, our guns and our rockets are with you. Everything we have is with you,” Safieddine said.
On Saturday, fighters from the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas broke out of the fences separating Gaza and illegally occupied territories and infiltrated a number of towns and settlements. A heavy barrage of rockets was also fired from the Gaza Strip.
According to Israeli media, at least 600 Israelis have been killed and over 2,000 injured following the large-scale operation.
The Israeli military has also confirmed that a “substantial” number of soldiers and settlers were captured by Hamas and taken into Gaza.
Following the surprise attack, Hezbollah fired shells and guided missiles toward Israeli-occupied territories, targeting the Radar, Zabdin, and Ruwaysat Al-Alam sites in the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms.
Israel strikes Lebanon after Hezbollah hits Shebaa Farms
Also on Sunday, Israel fired a barrage of artillery shells into southern Lebanon after Hezbollah targeted three Israeli military positions in the Shebaa Farms.
There were no immediate reports of casualties.
The Israeli military said its artillery “is currently striking the area in Lebanon from where a shooting was carried out.”
It further said that one of its drones struck a Hezbollah post in Shebaa Farms.
The spokesman for the Israeli military Daniel Hagari also said that the military remained on high alert.
Andrea Tenenti, the spokesman of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said the UN peacekeeping mission has detected several rockets fired from southeast Lebanon toward Israeli-occupied territory” as well as artillery fire from Israel into Lebanon in response.
He also said that UNIFIL is in contact with authorities on both sides of the blue line, a temporary line drawn after the withdrawal of Israel from south Lebanon in 2,000, to contain the situation and avoid a more serious escalation.