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Israeli soldiers wounded in Hezbollah drone attack from Lebanon

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Several Israeli soldiers were wounded when Hezbollah launched a drone attack from Lebanon on Sunday, both the Israeli army and the Iran-backed group said.

There have been repeated exchanges of fire across the border since the start of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza in October, raising fears of a wider conflict.

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The Israeli army said two of its soldiers were wounded and several others sustained minor injuries when its missile defenses shot down a pair of “suspicious aerial targets that crossed from Lebanon” in the Western Galilee region.

“Two IDF soldiers were moderately injured, and a number of additional soldiers were lightly injured from shrapnel and smoke inhalation,” it said, referring to the Israel Defense Forces and adding that the troops were taken to hospital.

It was not clear from the army statement whether the soldiers were injured by debris or a successful drone strike.

Hezbollah, a Hamas ally, said it used “attack drones” to target an Israeli army “command headquarters,” claiming the morning assault caused casualties.

In a separate statement, the group said it also targeted Jal al-Allam, an Israeli post across the border from the Lebanese town of Naqura.

A source close to Hezbollah, requesting anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to the media, previously told AFP that the group considered the Jal al-Allam position a key target due to the presence of Israeli surveillance equipment.

Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) reported Israeli shelling and strikes at various points in the border area on Sunday.

The Israeli army said fighter jets had carried out an “extensive series of strikes on Hezbollah terror targets in Lebanese territory.”

Since the start of the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip, more than 120 people have been killed on the Lebanese side of the border, mostly Hezbollah fighters but also over a dozen civilians, according to an AFP tally.

Israel says six soldiers and four Israeli civilians have been killed in the area. The Lebanese army lost its first soldier in the exchanges on Tuesday.

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