Israeli Firefighters Battle Blazes Sparked by Rockets from Lebanon

Tel Aviv, June 4, 2024 – Israeli firefighting teams continued their efforts on Tuesday to contain fires ignited by rockets launched from southern Lebanon. The Times of Israel reported that the Fire and Rescue Services had managed to control most of the fires by morning, which were started by rockets and drones.

The blazes resulted in the closure of several major roads in the Galilee area. A new fire broke out in the Biriya Forest near Safad, with two firefighting teams dispatched to manage the situation. This fire was reportedly caused by falling shrapnel after rockets were intercepted.

The Israeli army is actively assisting in the firefighting efforts. Seven reservist soldiers and nine civilians suffered from smoke inhalation and were hospitalized.

Social media in Israel shared footage showing the extensive damage caused by the fires, particularly in the settlement of Kiryat Shmona. The Prime Minister’s office is closely monitoring the situation.

On Monday, Hezbollah announced it had targeted locations in northern Israel, escalating tensions along the Lebanon-Israel border. This border conflict is the most intense since the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel.

These tensions are occurring against the backdrop of an Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip, which has resulted in the deaths of over 36,400 people since a Hamas attack on October 7, last year.–News Desk