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Hezbollah anti-tank missile wounds two in Metula

One of the victims was seriously injured, while the other remains in good condition.

An Israeli wounded in Metula by a rocket fired from Lebanon is brought to Ziv Medical Center in Safed, Oct. 17, 2023. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.
An Israeli wounded in Metula by a rocket fired from Lebanon is brought to Ziv Medical Center in Safed, Oct. 17, 2023. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

A Hezbollah anti-tank missile wounded two Israelis in Metula late Sunday night.

The two are both members of the local security team and are classified by the military as reserve soldiers during wartime. One of the victims was seriously wounded, while the other remains in good condition.

“We had a difficult night,” Yossi Levit, a farmer who serves as Metula’s security coordinator, told 103FM Radio on Monday morning. “These are our friends; we’ve been together for eight months.”

Levit said he believes that only half of Metula’s approximate 1,800 residents would return to the Galilee panhandle town if the Israeli government agrees to a U.S.-brokered diplomatic deal with Hezbollah.

“Young mothers and fathers won’t sleep at night if their children are in Metula. I’m a farmer, I have my own land, so I’ll come back, but there are families who I know won’t return unless Hezbollah is 15 kilometers [9 miles] away from us,” stated the head of security.

Overnight on Sunday, Israeli Air Force fighter jets struck Hezbollah terror infrastructure in Southern Lebanon, the IDF said.

Earlier Sunday, an Israeli soldier was seriously wounded by a Hezbollah suicide drone salvo.

Several hits were reported in the attack on the Galilee, which set off air-raid sirens in communities along the Lebanese border.

The wounded soldier was evacuated to Ziv Medical Center in Safed and his family was informed, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The Galilee-based Alma Research and Education Center announced on Sunday afternoon that Iran-backed Hezbollah had claimed responsibility for at least 18 drone, rocket and missile attacks since Thursday afternoon.

Hezbollah has attacked northern Israel nearly every day since joining the war in support of Gaza-based Hamas on Oct. 8, killing more than 20 people and causing widespread damage. Tens of thousands of Israeli civilians remain internally displaced due to the ongoing violence.

Since Oct. 8, Hezbollah has fired more than 5,000 rockets, anti-tank missiles and suicide drones at Israeli border communities.

In a video message released overnight Saturday, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said, “In case an inclusive war is imposed on Lebanon, the resistance will fight without restraints, without rules, without limits.”

Also over the weekend, an IAF airstrike deep inside Lebanon killed a terrorist responsible for supplying weapons to Hamas and Jamaa Islamiya operatives in the country. According to the IDF, Ayman Ratma was a “central terrorist operative” in Lebanon.

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