0501 GMT June 30, 2022
Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah said Friday it has fired a barrage of rockets at Israeli positions in occupied Shebaa Farms in retaliation for Israel's airstrikes on southern Lebanon a day earlier.
In a statement, Hezbollah said it hit “open fields” near Israeli positions at 11:15 a.m. local time Friday, using "dozens" of 122-caliber rockets.
Lebanon's Al Mayadeen television said at least 20 rockets were fired at Israel's military positions. Al Manar TV said a number of the rockets targeted the Douf military base.
A Lebanese security source said the rockets were launched from the area of Al-Arqoub, near the Lebanese town of Shebaa, Press TV wrote.
Air raid sirens sounded in the Upper Galilee, and in the Golan Heights, part of the territory Israel occupied in 1967.
Israeli media said residents of settlements in the north of the occupied territories had been asked to stay at homes.
There were reports of a massive number of sorties conducted by Israeli warplanes over southern Lebanon.
According to Al Jazeera, the Israeli military fired phosphorus bombs at Lebanese territories around the Kafr Shuba hills near the border, causing fire in nearby fields.
The Israeli military confirmed that it had hit areas in southern Lebanon with artillery fire.
The development came after Israeli jets struck what the regime's military claimed were rocket launch sites in Lebanon.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun said the Israeli airstrikes were the first targeting villages since 2006 and showed an escalation in its “aggressive intent” toward his country.
Aoun also said the strikes were a direct threat to the security and stability of southern Lebanon and violated UN Security Council resolutions.
Arab League, UN reactions
The Arab League warned against escalating hostilities between Lebanon and Israel.
The 22-member regional organization, in a statement, said Lebanon has been passing through a difficult time and could not endure more tensions.
The pan-Arab body noted that the practices of the new Israeli cabinet are meant to display its force.
The Arab League called on all Lebanese parties and factions to exercise self-restraint in order to prevent chaos.
It also urged the international community to help Lebanon tackle its political stalemate and unprecedented economic problems.
Moreover, the head of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) on Thursday urged Lebanon and Israel to respect the UNIFIL's coordination role following tensions.
“In this period of regional volatility, more than ever, UNIFIL's liaison and coordination role must be respected by all sides,” Stefano Del Col said.
The UNIFIL head also called on both parties “to act with urgency” to de-escalate tensions and prevent breaches of the cessation of hostilities.