On December 2, Hezbollah and its allies escalated attacks against the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) from southern Lebanon in support of the Gaza Strip.
Hezbollah fighters targeted the Israeli military sites of Al-Raheb, Ruwaisat al-Alam, Jal al-Alam, al-Marj and al-Matula as well as the headquarters of the IDF’s 91th Division in the Pranit barracks on the Lebanese-Israeli border.
The group also fired rockets at an artillery position of the IDF in the Khirbet Maar site and struck a gathering of Israeli troops in the Birkat Risha site. In addition, Hezbollah fighters targeted two houses in the settlement of Dovev where Israeli troops were situated.
Hezbollah said that the attacks were carried out “in support of the steadfast Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and in support of their brave and honorable resistance.”
Separately, fighters from the Lebanese Resistance Regiments (LRR), the military wing of the Shia Amal Movement, shelled the Israeli military sites of Ramtha, Ruwaisat al-Alam and al-Samaqa. This was the first attack to be attributed to the group since the clashes on the Lebanese-Israeli border broke out after the start of the war in Gaza.
The IDF responded with a series of air and artillery strikes that hit alleged targets of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon. White phosphorus artillery shells were used. Lebanese media didn’t report any civilian casualties. However, Hezbollah said that one of its fighters was killed “on the road to Jerusalem”.
Hezbollah renewed attacks against the IDF from southern Lebanon on December 1, just hours after a temporary ceasefire in Gaza ended. Hezbollah paused operations during the ceasefire, which began on November 24, despite not being a part of the agreement between Israel and the Hamas Movement.
As of December 2, the clashes on the Lebanese front have claimed the lives of six IDF troops, three Israeli civilians, 87 fighters of Hezbollah, two fighters from the LRR, one fighter from the Lebanese Resistance Regiments, seven fighters from Hamas , four fighters from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and 13 Lebanese civilians.