June 4, 2024 | Flash Brief

Hezbollah Rocket Attacks Spark Massive Fires in Northern Israel

June 4, 2024 | Flash Brief

Hezbollah Rocket Attacks Spark Massive Fires in Northern Israel

Latest Developments

Firefighters battled raging blazes across northern Israel on June 3-4, ignited by rocket barrages launched by Hezbollah terrorists across the border in Lebanon. “Some 15 active fire sites were reported in the Galilee-Golan region alone, most resulting from rocket fire on an exceptionally hot day, with temperatures exceeding 109 degrees in Kiryat Shmona and the Sea of Galilee area,” Israel’s Ynet reported. The fires raged following several days of Hezbollah escalation in attacks on northern Israel. On June 3, fires caused by the attacks threatened the Israeli city of Kiryat Shmona, which was already evacuated of most of its residents in October 2023, following Hezbollah attacks. On June 4, a fire broke out in the Biriya forest near Safed in northern Israel. Most of the fires had been brought under control by the morning of June 4, The Times of Israel reported.

Expert Analysis

“Hezbollah’s decision to double its missile and drone attacks on Israel over the last month risks serious escalation. The Iranian-backed terrorist group has systematically sought to increase the range of its attacks and the sites being threatened in Israel. This has caused tens of thousands of Israelis to seek shelter in cities along the coast of northern Israel over the last two days.”— Seth J. Frantzman, FDD Adjunct Fellow

“As Hezbollah’s attacks continue to intensify, so does their destructive impact on all aspects of life in northern Israel. The wildfires caused by the group’s rocket barrages only underscore to the frontier region’s displaced residents that there is no functional life to which they can return so long as Hezbollah remains on the border.” — David Daoud, FDD Senior Fellow

“Since the start of the war, Hezbollah has assessed that Israel will not widen the conflict due to other active fronts taking up military resources. However, the escalating frequency of Hezbollah’s attacks in the last few weeks, combined with the devastating fires in northern Israel triggered by the strikes, may compel Israel to take more decisive action in Lebanon.” Joe Truzman, Senior Research Analyst at FDD’s Long War Journal

Hezbollah Drone and Missile Attacks Doubled in May      

Hezbollah drone and anti-tank missile attacks doubled in May, according to a report released by the Alma Research and Education Center on June 2. “In terms of analyzing the weapons used by Hezbollah, in May 2024, there was a significant increase … in the use of anti-tank missiles and UAVs, twofold compared to April 2024,” the report concluded. For instance, 95 anti-tank missiles were fired at Israel in May 2024, compared with 50 in April. “There were 85 UAV infiltration incidents in May 2024, up from 42 in April 2024,” the report added. On June 4, the Israel Defense Forces intercepted a suspicious aerial target, likely a drone, launched from Lebanon toward the Israeli city of Nahariya.

Acre in Firing Line as Hezbollah Targets Northern Israeli Towns,” FDD Flash Brief

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

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

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