BEIRUT — As the Hamas-Israel war rages on for its fourth day, tensions in southern Lebanon are brewing amid cross-border fire between the heavily armed Hezbollah group and Israel and an intense Israeli military buildup on its northern border.
Since Sunday, Hezbollah has fired multiple rockets and artillery shells toward Israeli military positions in the area in solidarity with Hamas. Israel responded with heavy fire, targeting several southern towns and villages in Lebanon. The exchange of fire resumed on Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, al-Quds Brigades, claimed responsibility for a militant entering Israel from southern Lebanon on Monday.
“As part of Al-Aqsa Flood battle, a-Quds Brigades declares its responsibility for the operation carried out this afternoon in southern Lebanon on the border with occupied Palestine, which resulted in the injury of seven Zionist soldiers, including one in serious condition,” the group said in a statement.