May 19, 2024 | Flash Brief

Barrage of Hezbollah Rockets and Drones Targets Northern Israel

May 19, 2024 | Flash Brief

Barrage of Hezbollah Rockets and Drones Targets Northern Israel

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Hezbollah launched rockets and drones targeting communities in northern Israel on May 19. The attacks began in the morning when Hezbollah launched projectiles that targeted the border town of Malkia. Following the attack on Malkia, which Hezbollah has already struck multiple times this month, the terrorist group launched several rounds of drone attacks on other areas in northern Israel, setting off sirens in more than a dozen communities. Hezbollah took credit for the attacks and told the pro-Iranian media outlet Al-Mayadeen that it targeted an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) jeep in Malkia.

Hezbollah has launched thousands of rockets and drones at Israel since it began a new round of attacks after Hamas’s October 7 massacre. The May 19 attacks follow several days of Hezbollah strikes across northern Israel, totaling about 40 attacks in 72 hours.

Expert Analysis

“The Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah continues to increase its attacks on northern Israel. The group must be deterred from further attacks and its terrorists should be pressured to withdraw from the border area so that Israeli communities can have peace after seven months of war.” — Seth J. Frantzman, FDD Adjunct Fellow

“The IDF has gradually degraded Hezbollah’s capabilities during the several months-long tit-for-tat exchanges, but the terror group remains a formidable challenge to Israel. As Hezbollah attacks become increasingly bold and strike deeper into Israel, a confrontation that will have devastating consequences for Lebanon seems increasingly inevitable.” Enia Krivine, Senior Director of FDD’s Israel Program and National Security Network

Hezbollah’s War of Attrition

Through the latest attacks, Hezbollah continuously seeks to drag Israel into a war of attrition in the north, a Ynet News report noted. Further threatening Israel, Hezbollah’s elite terrorist Radwan force — reportedly established to support an invasion of Israel — continues to operate along the border. The Iran-backed terror group has killed at least 23 Israelis during seven months of conflict. More than 80,000 residents of northern Israel remain displaced from their homes due to Hezbollah’s ongoing threats.

Hezbollah Uses Drones to Target Sensitive IDF Base Deep Inside Israel,” FDD Flash Brief

Hezbollah Launches 60 Rockets at Israel,” FDD Flash Brief

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

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