July 5, 2024 | Flash Brief

Hezbollah Launches 200 Rockets, 20 Drones at Israel in Lethal Attack

July 5, 2024 | Flash Brief

Hezbollah Launches 200 Rockets, 20 Drones at Israel in Lethal Attack

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Hezbollah launched 200 rockets and 20 drones at Israel on July 4, killing an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officer and sparking fires in northern Israel. “Sirens had sounded across communities in Israel’s north throughout Thursday morning as Hezbollah launched its massive attack, one of the largest in the nine months of skirmishes,” the Times of Israel reported. Hezbollah carried out the attack a day after the IDF eliminated Hezbollah senior commander Muhammad Nimeh Nasser in an airstrike in the coastal Lebanese city of Tyre. The IDF identified the Israeli casualty killed in Hezbollah’s attack as Maj. Itay Galea, 38, who was stationed at a military base in the Golan Heights, the Israeli website Ynet added.

Expert Analysis

“Hezbollah’s massive attack yesterday follows a pattern of gradual intensification. The group — virtually assured that the conflict with Israel will remain contained — feels it can strike harder at the Israelis, draw blood with relative impunity, and thus present its base with an ‘image of victory.’”David Daoud, FDD Senior Fellow

“The Hezbollah attack on Israel on July 4 was one of its largest barrages of rockets and drones in almost nine months of attacks by the Iranian-backed terrorist group on Israel. Hezbollah is showcasing its arsenal in these attacks, attempting to show that it can match Israel blow-for-blow in any future war. The Iranian-backed group must be deterred in its thinking that it can set northern Israel alight whenever it feels like escalating its attacks .” — Seth J. Frantzman, FDD Adjunct Fellow

Hezbollah Rocket Barrages on Israel Serve Iran’s Interests

Hezbollah’s large barrage of rockets targeting northern Israel on July 4 is part of a trend of daily attacks that Hezbollah has launched since October 8, when it joined Hamas’s terrorist attack on Israel. Hezbollah has sought to normalize these low-level attacks and escalate every time Israel strikes Hezbollah commanders in Lebanon. Iran’s acting foreign minister called this a “war equation” on July 3, hinting at how Hezbollah’s attacks serve Iran’s interests against Israel. Hezbollah has linked its attacks on Israel to the war in Gaza. At the same time, Israel has demanded Hezbollah’s attacks cease and warned that a wider war could result if they persist. 

Iran’s Foreign Minister Threatens Israel With ‘Hell’ if War with Hezbollah Escalates,” FDD Flash Brief

Hezbollah Deputy Leader Hedges on Gaza-For-Lebanon Tradeoff,” FDD Flash Brief

Key Hezbollah Commander Eliminated in Israeli Strike,” FDD Flash Brief

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