Israeli Strike Kills Two Senior Hezbollah Terrorists

( – Hezbollah began attacking Israel shortly after the war against Hamas began. The Iranian-backed terrorist organization has repeatedly launched missiles into Israel from Lebanon. In response, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced it had taken out two Hezbollah members.

On April 23, the IDF said it killed two senior members of Hezbollah. The deaths included Hassin Ali Ezkol, a key member of the group’s aerial defense unit. He died after an Israeli airstrike hit the vehicle he was riding in. The other senior official was not named.

The following day, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced a wave of airstrikes in southern Lebanon that killed half of the terrorist organization’s commanders. The IDF launched 40 strikes on the organization’s strongholds in the neighboring country. Hezbollah has denied the claims that half its command was taken out, calling the assertion “completely worthless.”

Gallant explained that the IDF launched the strikes in an attempt to get thousands of Israelis back to their homes after they were forced to flee because of Hezbollah’s attacks on their homes every day. The military issued a statement right after it began the airstrikes, rather than waiting until they were over. The announcement was seen as an indication that the strikes were larger than normal.

The IDF strikes targeted weapon storage facilities and other known Hezbollah locations. In a statement, the IDF confirmed the airstrikes were “part of the effort to destroy the organization’s infrastructure in the border area.”

The Lebanese government has largely stayed out of the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel. They want to avoid a bloody war and the Lebanese people are against being dragged into a conflict to protect Hamas. Though Israel also wants to avoid a larger war, Gallant has made it clear they will not back down. He said the IDF is carrying out “continuous offensive action […] in all of southern Lebanon” and other parts of the country as well.

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