May 17, 2024 | Flash Brief

Hezbollah Uses Drones to Target Sensitive IDF Base Deep Inside Israel

May 17, 2024 | Flash Brief

Hezbollah Uses Drones to Target Sensitive IDF Base Deep Inside Israel

Latest Developments

The Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah launched two drones targeting an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) base 21 miles from Israel’s northern border on May 15. The strike marks Hezbollah’s deepest penetration into Israeli territory since it began a new round of attacks following the Hamas massacre in southern Israel on October 7. The base — described as a “sensitive military facility” in media reports — was hit by one explosive drone, while the second drone was downed with air defenses, The Times of Israel reported on May 16. Three soldiers were wounded, one of them seriously, in a separate drone attack on the Metula community on May 16, while a Hezbollah anti-tank missile killed an Israeli civilian and wounded five soldiers on May 14.

Expert Analysis

“Hezbollah’s attacks on Israel are escalating, and the Iranian-backed terrorist group has become more brazen in its use of drones to carry out deadly attacks. Hezbollah must be deterred from further attacks, and it is essential that Israel be supported in its demands that Hezbollah withdraw its terrorists from the border area.” — Seth J. Frantzman, FDD Adjunct Fellow

“The war in northern Israel has entered a new phase: Hezbollah has expanded the scope of its targets and has adopted a more aggressive posture. The Israeli military should leverage this shift in Hezbollah’s strategy by pinpointing and neutralizing the locations where precision-guided munitions are being manufactured and stored. By doing so, Israel can gain a strategic advantage and limit Hezbollah’s ability to cause harm.” Joe Truzman, Senior Research Analyst at FDD’s Long War Journal

Hezbollah Launches 40 Rockets at Israel

Hezbollah launched 40 rockets at Israel on the morning of May 16, one day after firing more than 60. Throughout the day, sirens sounded in more than 40 communities in northern Israel. The IDF said it struck the sources of the rocket fire as well as two Hezbollah “military structures” in the areas of Ayta ash Shab and Halta. Hezbollah has carried out thousands of attacks on Israel over the past seven months, using drones, anti-tank missiles, and rockets.

Hezbollah Launches 60 Rockets at Israel,” FDD Flash Brief

Hezbollah Anti-Tank Missiles Wound Four IDF Soldiers in Northern Israel,” FDD Flash Brief

Hezbollah Attack Kills IDF Soldier,” FDD Flash Brief

Issues:

Hezbollah Iran Iran Global Threat Network Iran-backed Terrorism Israel Israel at War