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Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Hezbollah Releases Air Footage of Israel’s Haifa Shot by Surveillance Aircraft

A fire blazes on the Israeli side of the Israel-Lebanon border following attacks from Lebanon, amid cross-border hostilities between Hezbollah and Israeli forces, in northern Israel June 18, 2024. (Reuters)
A fire blazes on the Israeli side of the Israel-Lebanon border following attacks from Lebanon, amid cross-border hostilities between Hezbollah and Israeli forces, in northern Israel June 18, 2024. (Reuters)
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Hezbollah Releases Air Footage of Israel’s Haifa Shot by Surveillance Aircraft

A fire blazes on the Israeli side of the Israel-Lebanon border following attacks from Lebanon, amid cross-border hostilities between Hezbollah and Israeli forces, in northern Israel June 18, 2024. (Reuters)
A fire blazes on the Israeli side of the Israel-Lebanon border following attacks from Lebanon, amid cross-border hostilities between Hezbollah and Israeli forces, in northern Israel June 18, 2024. (Reuters)

Hezbollah released on Tuesday footage of airports and seaports in the Israeli city of Haifa shot by a surveillance aircraft in wake of Israel’s latest threat to escalate the fight with Lebanon should both parties fail to reach a political solution to end the war in southern Lebanon.

The 9:31 minute video, shot by Hezbollah’s “Hoodhood” aircraft, showed images of Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems facility and Haifa’s civilian and military port.

It also showed logistic facilities at the port, oil and chemical weapons containers, and military and commercial ships.

Footage of commercial and residential areas - home to 260,000 people - in the Krayot area on the outskirts of Haifa were also shown. Haifa itself lies 27 kilometers south of the Lebanese border.

Hezbollah said in the video that this was the first time it releases aerial footage from an area this deep in Israeli territory. It added that more videos will follow.

The party had already been releasing footage of specific areas it has targeted in its attacks on Israel.

The latest footage – should it be verified – demonstrates Hezbollah’s ability to breach Israeli air defenses, said Israeli media.

Media close to Hezbollah said the video was a “deterrence message” to Israel.

Meanwhile, on the ground, Hezbollah resumed on Tuesday its attacks against Israel after an undeclared truce that started on Saturday night ahead of the Eid al-Adha holiday.

In two separate statements, the Iran-backed party announced it launched a drone attack against an Israeli Merkava tank in the Hadab Yaren area.

It added that its fighters launched a drone attack targeting Israeli artillery and a gathering of officers and soldiers.

Both attacks struck their targets, it stressed.

Hezbollah explained the attacks were retaliation to Israel’s assassination of a party member in the town of al-Chehabieh on Monday.

Israeli media said it intercepted three drones in the north and that its defenses launched missiles to intercept “hostile aerial targets”.

An Israeli drone, meanwhile, struck a car north of the Lebanese city of Tyre, wounding seven people, including civilians. The identities of the passengers were not disclosed.

Israel also carried out air raids on Kfar Kila and al-Taybe.

An Israeli government spokesman said on Monday Hezbollah had launched over 5,000 attacks against Israel since the eruption of the war on Gaza on October 7. Hezbollah said last week it had carried out over 2,100 operations against Israel since the eruption of the conflict.



Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Israeli Forces Pull Back after Gaza City Offensive, Leaving Dozens of Bodies

Palestinians gather as they inspect the damages after Israeli forces withdrew from a part of Gaza City, following a ground operation, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in Gaza City, July 12, 2024. REUTERS/Dawoud Abu Alkas
Palestinians gather as they inspect the damages after Israeli forces withdrew from a part of Gaza City, following a ground operation, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in Gaza City, July 12, 2024. REUTERS/Dawoud Abu Alkas
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Israeli Forces Pull Back after Gaza City Offensive, Leaving Dozens of Bodies

Palestinians gather as they inspect the damages after Israeli forces withdrew from a part of Gaza City, following a ground operation, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in Gaza City, July 12, 2024. REUTERS/Dawoud Abu Alkas
Palestinians gather as they inspect the damages after Israeli forces withdrew from a part of Gaza City, following a ground operation, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in Gaza City, July 12, 2024. REUTERS/Dawoud Abu Alkas

Israeli forces retreated from some Gaza City districts overnight after a fierce, week-long military offensive, leaving dozens of dead and wrecked homes and roads in the Palestinian enclave's biggest urban area, residents and rescue service said on Friday.

The offensive, 10 months into Israel's campaign to eliminate Hamas militants, took place as US-backed mediators sought to finalize a peace deal that would free remaining hostages taken by the militants in their cross-border rampage on Oct. 7.

According to Reuters, the Gaza Civil Emergency Service said teams had collected around 60 bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces over the past week from the area of Tel Al-Hawa and the edges of the Sabra neighborhood in Gaza City.

Both residents and rescue teams cautioned that while tanks withdrew from some areas, Israeli snipers and tanks continued to control high ground at some locations, and warned residents against trying to return to their homes in those areas.

"There are bodies scattered in the streets, dismembered bodies, there are bodies of entire families, there are also bodies inside a home of an entire family that was completely burned," Gaza Strip Civil Defense spokesperson Mahmoud Basal said in comments carried by media in Hamas-run Gaza.

The Israeli military had said on Thursday that its forces were working to dismantle Hamas capabilities in Gaza City, and that it "follows international law and takes feasible precautions to mitigate civilian harm." It said the same was not true of Hamas.

The armed wings of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad said they had fought fierce battles against Israeli forces, attacking them with anti-tank rockets and mortar fire, killing and wounding many. There has been no Israeli army comment on those claims.

Home to more than a quarter of Gaza's residents before the war, Gaza City was largely razed to the ground in late 2023, but hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have returned to homes in the ruins. Israel has once again ordered them out, though it is unclear where residents can go safely. Israel controls most of Gaza's borders and is also attacking central and southern Gaza.