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Airstrike in Lebanon's Northeast Injures Three; Tensions Rise

Airstrike in Lebanon's Northeast Injures Three; Tensions Rise
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In the early hours of Sunday, an Israeli airstrike targeted the northeastern region of Lebanon, resulting in injuries to three individuals. The strike, which occurred near the city of Baalbek, a known stronghold of the militant group Hezbollah, has escalated tensions in the area.

According to Baalbek’s mayor, Bachir Khodr, the airstrike took place just after midnight. The identities of the injured have not been disclosed, and the extent of their injuries remains unclear. The target of the airstrike has not been specified, raising questions and concerns among local residents and the international community.

This incident is the latest in a series of airstrikes that have been reported in the region over the past few weeks. The area, nearly 100 kilometers from the Israeli border, has seen increased military activity, with several Hezbollah missile, rocket, and drone attacks on northern Israel leading up to the airstrike.

The Israeli military has stated that the operation was in response to these aggressions, specifically targeting a workshop used by Hezbollah for military activities. Following the airstrike, approximately 50 rockets were fired from Lebanon toward Israel, some of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, while others landed in open areas.

The ongoing conflict has seen a rise in civilian casualties and has drawn international scrutiny. The United Nations and other global entities have repeatedly called for de-escalation and a return to diplomatic negotiations to prevent further loss of life and stability in the region.