| 2 March 2024, Saturday |

Farmer killed in missile strike from Lebanon, Israel radio says

Israel’s state broadcaster Kan reported that a 60-year-old farmer was killed by a guided missile attack from Lebanon on Thursday in northern Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also issued a dire warning, saying Beirut would turn “into Gaza” if Hezbollah launched an all-out war.

The anti-tank strike was carried out, according to the Israeli army, by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters supported by Iran. Subsequently, Hezbollah released a statement stating that one of their eleven attacks on Thursday was directed for an Israeli barrack located in Matat, a village that borders Lebanon.

Israel’s Magen David Adom ambulance service said it pronounced the man’s death at Fassuta about 3 km (1.8 miles) from Matat, which the Israeli military had reported coming under a missile attack. Israeli helicopters, tanks and artillery retaliated against the source of fire across the border.

“If Hezbollah chooses to start an all-out war then it will by its own hand turn Beirut and southern Lebanon, not far from here, into Gaza and Khan Younis,” Netanyahu said while visiting troops near the border.

It was not immediately clear whether Netanyahu was speaking to the soldiers when the civilian was killed or whether he was anywhere near where the missile struck. A spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

Hezbollah announced numerous attacks from Lebanon into northern Israel on Thursday that it said were in support of Palestinians in Gaza.

  • Reuters