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Lebanon’s Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah and Israel’s military have exchanged nearly-daily fire since the start of the war on Gaza after the October 7 Hamas attack.

However, in the past few weeks tensions have escalated, with a series of cross-border attacks that have resulted in casualties on both sides.

Monday marked a further escalation after Israeli warplanes struck Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley killing at least two Hezbollah members on the outskirts of the Buday village near Baalbek - the first time Irael struck eastern Lebanon since the war in Gaza began.

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On Tuesday, both sides announced that a barrage of rockets were fired toward northern Israel from Lebanon.

Here is an overview of recent incidents between the two sides.

February 27, 2024

Hezbollah said it launched a volley of rockets at an Israeli air control base in retaliation to Israeli strikes on east Lebanon on Monday, which killed two of its members.

Hezbollah said it targeted the “Meron air control base... with a large salvo of rockets from several launchers,” according to AFP.

February 26, 2024

Israeli warplanes struck Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, killing at least two Hezbollah members, in what was its first ever attack on eastern Lebanon since the cross-border violence erupted.

Hezbollah said it fired a series of rockets at an Israeli military base in retaliation to the attack. This was confirmed by the Israeli military.

The Iran-backed group said its fighters shot down an Israeli Hermes 450 drone over one of its strongholds in southern Lebanon. The group also fired a missile toward a drone, which was intercepted by Israel and landed near a synagogue in a town close to Nazareth in northern Israel.

Hassan Salami, a senior Hezbollah officer in the Hujair Valley region in southern Lebanon, was killed by a missile fire by an Israeli fighter jet, according to Israeli newspapers’ reports.

After the Bekaa Valley strike, local media reported that Israel’s military targeted a car in a south Lebanon town of al-Majadel, killing at least one person, according to reports from Reuters and AFP.

February 25, 2024

An Israeli strike on a truck in Syria near the Lebanese border killed two Hezbollah members, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“Israel targeted a civilian truck, with an air missile, near the Syrian-Lebanese border within an area overlapping between Homs province and Rif Dimashq, which resulted in the killing of at least two people,” the war monitor said.

Syrian state media did not report the strike, but sources close to Hezbollah confirmed that two members were killed, according to an AFP report.

The news agency later quoted Hezbollah as saying that two of its fighters were “martyred on the road to Jerusalem,” a phrase it uses to refer to members killed by Israeli strikes.

February 23, 2024

Hezbollah announced the death of two paramedic affiliated with the group and one fighter, who it said were killed in an Israeli strike on a south Lebanon border village, AFP reported citing the Lebanese militant group and a security source.

The Israeli army said a day earlier it had struck a Hezbollah “military compound” in south Lebanon’s Blida

AFP quoted an anonymous Lebanese security source as saying that the strike “targeted the Islamic Health Committee center in the village of Blida,” but the Israeli army said it had identified fighters “entering a Hezbollah military compound in the area of Blida.”

“Fighter jets were scrambled and struck the compound where the terrorists were identified,” the army said in a statement.

Later that day, Hezbollah announced it launched a drone attack on northern Israel in retaliation to the strikes in Blida.

February 22, 2024

At least two Hezbollah fighters were killed and three others were injured in an Israeli drone strike on a residential building in south Lebanon.

An Israeli drone shot two missiles at the building in Kfar Rumman, near south Lebanon’s Nabatiyeh, AFP reported, citing a security source.

On the same day, Hezbollah claimed a series of attacks on Israeli troops, including one which it said was in response to “Israeli attacks on villages and civilian houses.”

February 21, 2024

An Israeli strike on south Lebanon killed a woman and seriously wounded her daughter, Lebanese state media reported.

Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said Khadija Salman was killed and her daughter was gravely wounded in the strike on the southern village of Majdal Zun.

According to reports from the AFP, who cited a hospital source, a young girl was also killed.

February 19, 2024

Two Israeli airstrikes hit southern Lebanon near the city of Sidon, wounding 14 people, state media reported, while the Israeli army said it had targeted “Hezbollah weapons storage facilities.”

“Israeli warplanes carried out ... strikes on the town of Ghaziyeh,” the state-run National News Agency (NNA) said, adding that a vehicle was targeted, and ambulances rushed to the scene.

Israel’s chief military spokesperson said that Israeli forces struck weapons depots near Sidon in response to a drone launched into Israel by Hezbollah.

“We located an unmanned aerial vehicle from Hezbollah near Tiberias, which apparently crossed today and crashed near Tiberias. In response to this activity, we attacked weapons depots near Sidon,” Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari was quoted as saying in a televised news briefing.

February 16, 2024

Israeli strikes in south Lebanon killed five members from Hezbollah and the allied Amal movement, according to AFP reports citing the groups.

Lebanon’s state media also reported that Israeli warplanes hit five villages in southern Lebanon on Feberuay15-16 overnight.

According to reports from AFP, a strike on a house in al-Qantara village killed three members of the Amal movement led by parliament speaker Nabih Berri.

Hezbollah separately announced the death of two of its fighters.

February 15, 2024

Hezbollah fired “dozens of rockets” at Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel in retaliation to the killing of 10 Lebanese civilians, including five children in Israeli strikes on south Lebanon on February 14.

Israel would “pay” for the strikes, Reuters quoted a senior Hezbollah official as saying, which he described as “crimes.”

The same day, Israel’s military said it killed a senior commander of Hezbollah’s elite Radwan Force, his deputy and a third fighter.

It named the first two men as Ali Mohammed Aldbas and Ibrahim Issa. Aldbas helped orchestrate a roadside bombing in northern Israel last March, and had been involved in cross-border fighting since October, the military said, according to Reuters.

February 12, 2024

A local Hezbollah official was seriously wounded in an Israeli airstrike on his car in southern Lebanon, AFP reported citing a security source.

The Israeli strike “targeted a local Hezbollah official in the town of Bint Jbeil,” the source was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese official National News Agency said “an enemy drone targeted a car near the hospital” in Bint Jbeil, which lies near the country’s southern border with Israel.

February 9, 2024

About 30 rockets were fired into northern Israel from Lebanon, the Israeli army said.

“We can confirm that around 30 rockets were fired from Lebanon toward the areas of Ein Zeitim and Dalton in the north of Israel,” AFP quoted an army spokesperson as saying.

February 7, 2024

An Israeli strike on a southern Lebanon village killed one civilian and injured two others, Lebanon’s state media reported.

“Two civilians were wounded and a third was killed in an enemy drone strike on a house in Khiam” about six kilometers from the border, NNA said.

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Cross-border fire between Israel and the Lebanese militant group backed by Iran has killed at least 284 people in Lebanon, majority of them Hezbollah fighters, including 44 civilians, according to an AFP tally.

On the Israeli side, 10 soldiers and six civilians have been killed, according to the Israeli army.

-With agencies

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