June 3, 2024 | Flash Brief

Acre in Firing Line as Hezbollah Targets Northern Israeli Towns

June 3, 2024 | Flash Brief

Acre in Firing Line as Hezbollah Targets Northern Israeli Towns

Latest Developments

Hezbollah targeted multiple areas along the northern Israeli coast on June 2, setting off sirens and forcing Israeli civilians to seek shelter. Alerts sounded in the cities of Acre and Nahariya and other areas in northern Israel. Acre’s mayor, Amihai Ben Shlush, told Ynet News on June 2, “We’re prepared and have implemented emergency guidelines. Acre is another front in the war, and we need the full cooperation of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Home Front Command.”

On June 1, the Israeli military reported that 15 rockets targeting the Golan Heights were launched from Lebanon. The rockets caused several fires around the Katzrin area. Additionally, two drones crashed into open areas in the Golan Heights and started a fire. “Sirens also sounded in Kiryat Shmona, Metula, Kfar Blum and other northern Israel communities after a suspected hostile aircraft infiltrated Israeli airspace,” Ynet News reported.

Expert Analysis

“Hezbollah has noticeably escalated the frequency, destructiveness, and range of its attacks since early May — emboldened to shift into this more aggressive posture by demonstrable constraints on Israel’s freedom of action by the international community. The group believes it can strike harder at Israel with relative impunity, virtually guaranteed that the global mood will keep Israeli responses contained.” David Daoud, Senior Fellow

“It’s hardly surprising that Hezbollah is intensifying its pressure on Israel given the mounting international pressure on the Jewish State to cease its military operations in Gaza and allow Hamas to maintain its grip on power. Hezbollah is also aware that the international community’s scrutiny of Israel is partly in response to its ongoing cross-border attacks, which have persisted for over seven months. With this in mind, it’s clear that Hezbollah believes its actions in the north are achieving their desired outcomes.” Joe Truzman, Senior Research Analyst at FDD’s Long War Journal

Israeli Military Completes War Simulation in Northern Israel

Over the past week, the IDF completed a war simulation in northern Israel to increase readiness for possible escalation amid increasing attacks from Hezbollah. The exercise included “many scenarios that simulate the expansion of the war in the northern arena, and multi-front war scenarios,” the IDF said on June 2.

On June 1, Hezbollah shot down an Israeli surveillance and attack drone flying over southern Lebanon the fourth drone shot down by Hezbollah since October 7. Hezbollah also targeted an IDF base near the northern Israeli town Kiryat Shmona with large “Burkan” rockets.

More than 60,000 Israelis have already been displaced from the north. On June 3, Israeli Education Minister Yoav Kisch announced a plan to spend $38 million building new school facilities out of rocket range in the event that students are unable to return to the north in time for the new school year on September 1.

Hezbollah Rockets Target Northern Israeli City of Kiryat Shmona,” FDD Flash Brief

Barrage of Hezbollah Rockets and Drones Targets Northern Israel,” FDD Flash Brief

Israel Intercepts Drone Attacks by Iranian Proxies on Two Fronts,” FDD Flash Brief

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