Two Israeli civilians were seriously wounded on Tuesday in a Hezbollah rocket attack on Kiryat Shmona, close to the border with Lebanon.
The victims, a 16-year-old boy and a 47-year-old woman, were conscious, Magen Adom emergency rescue personnel said.
Both were evacuated to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.
“We received two injured, a mother and a son, the son a 16-year-old, both with serious injuries but no life-threatening injuries,” Rambam trauma chief Dr. Hani Bachus told reporters.
The son suffered chest trauma, while the mother suffered stomach and orthopedic injuries, he added.
Kiryat Shmona Mayor Avichai Stern said, “Unfortunately, we see these kinds of pictures every day. Whether it’s injuries in Kirat Shmona, in Metula, in Margaliot, in Manara.
“The time has come for us to respond strongly and make a statement—that for every such injury we have, there will be 50 injuries on the other side. Everyone needs to know that that’s the price tag,” Stern said.
On Monday, the Israel Defense Forces attacked a vehicle carrying Hezbollah operatives in the Maroun al-Ras region and destroyed terrorist infrastructure in the areas of Al-Adisa, Al-Khyam and Tir Harfa al Jabin, all in Southern Lebanon.
It was unclear whether Muhammad Abd al-Rasoul Alawiyah, the Hezbollah member in charge of the Maroun al-Ras region, survived the targeted killing attempt, which slew several people.
The IDF has struck more than 3,400 Hezbollah targets in Southern Lebanon since the Iranian terrorist proxy joined the war in support of Hamas.
For its part, Hezbollah fired more than 2,000 rockets at Israel between Oct. 8 and Jan. 9. Additionally, the group has launched dozens of anti-tank missiles and drones at Israeli territory.
More than 80,000 Israelis living in communities near the Lebanese border have been evacuated due to Hezbollah missile attacks. Israel has repeatedly made it clear that if diplomacy fails to distance the Shi’ite terrorist group from the border, it will resort to force to ensure the safe return of its citizens.
The Hezbollah attacks have led to military and civilian deaths and widespread damage in the Upper Galilee.