Hamas operatives fired 16 rockets from Lebanon toward northern Israel on Monday, as announced by the armed wing of the Palestinian group. They stated that their targets were areas located to the south of the Israeli coastal city of Haifa.
The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades mentioned that the rocket strikes were carried out as a response to what they perceive as Israeli actions, including what they describe as “massacres” and aggression against the people in the Gaza Strip, which they consider occupied.
Concurrently, the Israeli army confirmed that approximately 30 projectiles had been launched from Lebanon towards northern Israel. In response, they retaliated by firing back in the direction from which these projectiles had originated.
This development occurred after the health ministry in the Gaza Strip, which is under the control of Hamas, announced on Monday that the death toll in the region had exceeded 10,000. This grim milestone was reached nearly a month after the war began, initiated by Hamas with an unprecedented attack on Israel.
Israeli officials have reported that, since the attack on October 7, over 1,400 individuals have lost their lives in Israel. The majority of these casualties are civilians. Additionally, during the same period, more than 240 people were taken hostage by Hamas.
Hamas, which maintains an alliance with Hezbollah, a Shiite group backed by Iran in Lebanon, has a presence of fighters in southern Lebanon. They have previously claimed responsibility for launching attacks on Israel from this area.
From October 7 onwards, there has been a reported death toll of at least 81 individuals on the Lebanese side as a result of cross-border skirmishes, based on an AFP count. This figure includes 59 Hezbollah fighters. On the Israeli side, the casualties have included six soldiers and two civilians who lost their lives.