An air strike bomb attack in Gaza. Image: Twitter/@Timesofgaza.

Israel launches air attack in Gaza and Lebanon [WATCH]

Israel army attacks in Lebanon following air attacks on Gaza in the midst of rising tension of Al-Aqsa raids.


An air strike bomb attack in Gaza. Image: Twitter/@Timesofgaza.

The Israel military has said it is “striking in Lebanon”, hours after it launched air raids on Gaza.

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Israel attacks

This comes after a spate of rocket launches as tensions soar after Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem in early April.

Israel’s army announced in a short statement on Friday, 7 April 2023, that it “is currently striking in Lebanon”.

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A Lebanese TV station reported explosions near a refugee camp in the Southern port City of Tyre.

Hours earlier, there were explosions in Gaza after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised in a video statement that his country’s enemies would “pay a price for any aggression”.

There is currently no immediate reports of fatalities or injuries in Lebanon or Gaza as yet.

Reason behind the raids

The latest raids come in the middle of rising tensions over the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem by Israeli troops.

They fired stun grenades, attacked Palestinian worshippers and expelled them from the holy site as they gathered for Ramadan prayers.

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The Muslim holy month this year coincides with Passover, a key holiday in the Jewish calendar, as well the Christian festival of Easter.

The Israeli military said 34 rockets had been fired from Lebanon on Thursday, with 25 intercepted and at least four landing inside the country.

They were the first rockets fired from Lebanon towards Israel in a year and the biggest launch since 2006.

The Israeli military said its attack was focused on Hamas.

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In Gaza, the Israeli military said it was also targeting Hamas, striking two tunnels and two alleged weapons facilities.

The AFP news agency said a Palestinian security source indicated that Hamas training sites were hit in the attack.