May 5, 2024 | Flash Brief

Hezbollah Rocket Fire Targets Israel’s Kiryat Shmona

May 5, 2024 | Flash Brief

Hezbollah Rocket Fire Targets Israel’s Kiryat Shmona

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Hezbollah claimed responsibility for a barrage of at least twenty rockets fired at the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Shmona on May 5. The attack resulted in damage to an ambulance and a civilian apartment complex as well as a power outage in the city.

The Iran-backed terrorist group claimed that it was responding to an earlier Israeli airstrike on the southern Lebanese village of Mays al-Jabal. The pro-Iranian Al-Mayadeen media outlet claimed that four civilians died in the strike.

Hezbollah has carried out thousands of attacks on Israel using rockets, anti-tank missiles, and drones in the aftermath of Hamas’s October 7 onslaught. Hezbollah’s attacks forced residents of Kiryat Shmona to evacuate on October 20, 2023. More than 80,000 residents of northern Israel remain displaced from their homes, as a direct consequence.

Expert Analysis

“Hezbollah’s rocket barrage on the Israeli city of Kiryat Shmona on May 5 illustrates that the Iranian-backed terrorist group continues to present a clear and present danger to the Jewish state and to the wider region. Hezbollah’s enormous arsenal of rockets and missiles are being used to terrorize Israeli civilian cities and towns. It is essential that Israel be supported in its operations against Hezbollah and its demands that Hezbollah’s presence be removed from the border.” — Seth J. Frantzman, FDD Adjunct Fellow

“While Hezbollah has generally limited the scope of attacks to the Israel-Lebanon border area, it has inflicted much damage on some civilian areas. Moreover, Hezbollah is acquiring valuable combat experience through six months of ongoing conflict, potentially leading to the development of more sophisticated tactics and approaches in its efforts to target Israel.” — Joe Truzman, Senior Research Analyst at FDD’s Long War Journal

Israel Carries Out Airstrikes on Hezbollah

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) carried out airstrikes on Hezbollah overnight on May 4 and May 5. The airstrikes targeted Hezbollah positions in southern Lebanon, including an observation post in Matmoura and a building in Khiam. IDF footage showed a building hit by an airstrike. Additionally, the IDF used artillery to shell areas to remove other threats along the Israel-Lebanon border.

The airstrikes followed clashes on May 4 between the IDF and Hezbollah, in which Hezbollah fired an anti-tank missile at the border community of Shtula in Israel. Throughout May 5, a number of sirens sounded along Israel’s northern border due to Hezbollah’s attacks. The IDF identified at least forty launches from Lebanon in the aftermath of Hezbollah targeting various areas of the border on May 5. The areas targeted by Hezbollah included a number of small communities in northern Israel adjacent to Kiryat Shmona.

Hezbollah Targets Israeli Forces on Northern Border,” FDD Flash Brief

Half of Hezbollah’s South Lebanon Commanders Killed,” FDD Flash Brief

Hezbollah Retaliates Against IDF Strike, Launches Barrage of Missiles,” FDD Flash Brief

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