Israel strikes deep in south, Hezbollah downs drone as clashes continue


An Israeli drone fired two missiles at dawn Saturday at an aluminum factory on the Toul-Kfour road in south Lebanon, targeting the heart of the Nabatieh governorate for the first time since the 2006 war, the National News Agency said.

The strike fully burned the factory and its equipment, NNA added.

The development came a few hours after Hezbollah said it shot down with a surface-to-air missile a Hermes-450 Israeli drone, which is a medium-sized multi-payload unmanned aerial vehicle. Hezbollah said the UAV’s debris fell into Israel’s Galilee Panhandle area.

Clashes continued in the morning, with Hezbollah attacking the Hadb al-Bustan, Hadb Yarin and al-Raheb Israeli posts with guided missiles and Israel carrying out airstrikes on the outskirts of Naqoura, al-Labbouneh and Aita al-Shaab.

The Israeli army also fired artillery shells at the outskirts of several Lebanese border towns.

Israeli shelling later reached Kfartebnit and Choukine near Nabatieh, according to MTV, after Hezbollah attacked at least four more Israeli posts.

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