Hezbollah Drone Reaches Nahariya: Iron Dome Fails to Intercept

Civilian Casualties and Infrastructure Damage in Escalating Hezbollah-Israel Conflict

by Sededin Dedovic
Hezbollah Drone Reaches Nahariya: Iron Dome Fails to Intercept
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A drone launched by Hezbollah (Lebanon) fell in Nahariya, seven kilometers from the Lebanese border, after the Iron Dome failed to intercept it. Drones from Lebanese Hezbollah reached Nahariya for the first time, prompting Israeli military retaliation, including strikes on the Bekaa province in eastern Lebanon.

At the same time, Israel completed drills to expand the scope of the war. Yesterday, Sunday, a drone launched by Hezbollah fell in Nahariya, seven kilometers from the Lebanese border, after the Iron Dome failed to intercept it.

The explosion caused a fire, and there are conflicting reports about whether the attack caused any injuries. Israeli media report that this is the first time a Hezbollah drone has bypassed Israeli air defense and reached Israeli territory during the day since the cross-border conflicts began in October last year.

Local authorities are considering canceling classes on Monday in Nahariya's educational institutions, according to Israeli media. The Israel Broadcasting Corporation reported complaints after the military announced that the sirens in Nahariya were a mistake, only to later confirm that a drone had exploded.

They also stated that the military had to issue another statement clarifying that these were two separate incidents.

Escalation of Cross-Border Attacks

Yesterday, Sunday, there was an escalation of cross-border attacks between Hezbollah and the Israeli military.

Hezbollah announced that it targeted 11 Israeli locations, attacking the Yardon barracks in the Golan Heights with drones, destroying an Iron Dome radar, and causing casualties among soldiers. Hezbollah also reported firing dozens of Katyusha rockets at the Kiryat Shmona settlement and the Golan division headquarters in the Nafah barracks, and attacked settlements in Metulla, Al-Samaqa, Al-Ramtha, Al-Abad, Al-Marj, and Hadab Yaron.

Hezbollah published images it claimed showed the targeting of the 769th brigade headquarters in Kiryat Shmona. Sirens sounded fifteen times in dozens of towns in Upper Galilee and the occupied Golan Heights. Hezbollah's projectiles and drones caused injuries to two people near Kiryat Shmona and large fires in several areas, including near Katzrin in the western occupied Golan Heights and around Nahariya.

a member of the Border Defense Corps 869th Combat Intelligence Collection unit, was killed in May by a Hezbollah missile that st© Amir Levy / Getty Images

Israeli media reported that fires spread around a settlement considered the largest in the Golan after at least two rockets fell in unpopulated areas.

Israeli firefighting teams intervened and worked for several hours to control the fires.

Two Casualties in Lebanon

Yesterday, Sunday, Israeli planes launched intense attacks on several towns in southern Lebanon and targeted the Bekaa region in eastern Lebanon.

Civil defense in southern Lebanon reported that two civilians were killed in an Israeli attack on the town of Hula. The Israeli military stated that its fighters bombed a Hezbollah site and infrastructure in the areas of Aita al-Shaab and Tayr Harfa and targeted a site from which Hezbollah drones were launched.

Expanding the Scope of the War

Meanwhile, the Israeli military announced that it completed exercises for greater readiness on the northern front, held at a command post belonging to the General Staff. The Israeli military added in a statement that the drills, which began a few days ago, included several scenarios of war expansion on the northern front and war in multiple areas.

The exercises were attended by Chief of Staff Herzi Halevy and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. In this context, the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Israeli military and security services' assessments that Lebanese Hezbollah has used only 5% of its weaponry arsenal during these months of conflict, which served as a testing ground against the Israeli military and preparation for a possible large-scale war.

May is considered the most intense month of Hezbollah's attacks on Israel since October 7 last year along the southern Lebanese border. According to the latest statistics from the Israeli Ministry of Defense, over 930 buildings in 86 settlements were damaged, most of them within nine kilometers of the Lebanese border.

The Alma Research Center, specialized in monitoring Israel's northern front, documented 325 Hezbollah attacks in May, averaging ten operations per day. On the other hand, according to Hezbollah's data, operations carried out since October 8 last year have exceeded two thousand, reports Al Jazeera.

No Alternative to Hamas

Former officer in Israeli military intelligence Michael Milshtein ruled out the possibility that Israel would succeed in finding a local alternative to Hamas to govern the Gaza Strip, following previous unsuccessful attempts.

The Associated Press reported Milshtein, an analyst specializing in Palestinian affairs at Tel Aviv University, saying there are no locals brave enough to present themselves as an alternative to Hamas in governing the Gaza Strip.

Commenting on statements by Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on this issue, Milshtein added that such aspirations are akin to a "suicidal mission" for any local leader in Gaza.