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Escalation of Conflict in Israel and Lebanon

The conflict between Israel and Hamas continued into its 13th day, with the Israel Defense Forces reporting the destruction of numerous infrastructures associated with the Palestinian militant group since the war’s onset on October 7. The IDF stated that it maintained a continuous offensive in the Gaza Strip, targeting anti-tank missile launch sites, tunnel entrances, intelligence facilities, operational headquarters, and other key locations.

The military claimed to have eliminated more than ten terrorists. Tensions also flared along the Israel-Lebanon border, with several anti-tank missiles fired from Lebanon. The IDF reported nine launches into Israel, four of which were intercepted by the IDF Aerial Defense Array. In response, Israel returned fire, thwarted a terrorist cell using a UAV, and targeted Hezbollah terrorist infrastructure with tank fire.

IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus acknowledged a significant escalation by Hezbollah, which fired anti-tank missiles and attempted infiltrations into Israel, while Hezbollah claimed to have conducted six attacks on Israeli military posts along the Lebanese border on Wednesday, employing guided missiles, machine guns, and mortars.