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IDF accuses Hezbollah of using human shields

The terror army is operating behind civilians in the village of Ramyah, "a center for its terrorist activity and attacks against Israelis," the army said.

Smoke rises during an exchange of fire between the IDF and Hezbollah on the Lebanese border, Dec. 27, 2023. Photo by Ayal Margolin/Flash90.
Smoke rises during an exchange of fire between the IDF and Hezbollah on the Lebanese border, Dec. 27, 2023. Photo by Ayal Margolin/Flash90.

Israeli Air Force fighter jets struck Hezbollah targets in Southern Lebanon on Sunday morning as the military accused the Iranian-backed terrorist army of hiding behind civilians.

Terrorist infrastructure and “military” structures were hit in the Ramyah area. The IDF said that Hezbollah is operating behind the residential population, using the village as “a center for its terrorist activity and attacks against Israelis.”

Throughout the day on Sunday, the IDF attacked a number of terror squads on the border with Lebanon with tank and helicopter fire.

In addition, IDF artillery struck targets in Lebanese territory in response to two rockets launched towards the Jewish state.

On Saturday, the IDF struck Hezbollah observation posts in the areas of Amra and Khiam in response to anti-tank missile fire directed at the Upper Galilee.

“Hezbollah’s ongoing terrorist activity and attacks against Israel violate UN Security Council Resolution 1701. The IDF will continue to defend its borders from any threat,” the military said, in reference to the measure that ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War, which demands that Hezbollah not venture south of the Litani River, some 18 miles north of the Israeli border.

Hezbollah has been waging a low-intensity conflict against Israel since Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre of some 1,200 people in the Jewish state.

On Sunday, Naim Qassem, the terrorist group’s deputy secretary-general, said that “Israel will not be able to return its residents to the northern border as long as the fighting in Gaza continues. It must stop the fighting in Gaza in order for the fighting on the northern border to stop.”

Haim Rokah, head of the Golan Regional Council, said in an interview with Ynet on Sunday that the situation in the Golan Heights “is the same as it was before the war” and that a preoccupation with the possible movement of Iranian and Hezbollah forces at the Syrian border is “out of touch with reality.”

“A wide variety of forces are operating in this area. There has still been no sign of change in recent months,” Rokah said.

Still, in response to a question about concerns at the border, he confirmed that they are preparing for the possibility of an escalation or another change to the security situation.

“Being harassed is another matter. We are harassed, we are on standby, and we prepare ourselves for any scenario. Our standby units have been equipped and continue to be equipped, and we are preparing together with the army, with the division and the [IDF Northern] Command, for all possible scenarios.”

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