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Israel Threatens to Wipe out Hezbollah in 'Total War' As Militants Fire Fresh Barrage of Rockets from Lebanon

Lebanon’s Hezbollah fired a fresh barrage of more than a dozen rockets into northern Israel on Wednesday, June 19, just hours after Israel warned that it could wipe out the Iran-backed militant group should ‘total war’ break out.

Hezbollah, a Hamas ally, and Israel have been trading near-daily fire since the Gaza war was triggered by the Palestinian militant group’s October 7 attack on southern Israel. But ongoing clashes have seemingly riled Israeli officials in recent weeks, with thousands of Israelis still living in temporary accommodation after being evacuated from their homes near the northern border months ago.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz had warned Hezbollah on Tuesday that it would be destroyed in the event of a ‘total war’ and said Tel-Aviv is considering ramping up hostilities.

On Wednesday, approximately 15 projectiles were identified from Lebanon toward the area of Kiryat Shmona, several of which were intercepted by IDF aerial defense array, the Israeli military said in a statement. “IDF artillery struck the sources of fire,” it said, adding the incoming fire did not cause any casualties. The military said its warplanes also struck a Hezbollah military structure in the area of Tyre and infrastructure in Khiam in Lebanon.

Meanwhile, a day before, the Northern Command Commander, Major General Uri Gordin, and the Head of the Operations Directorate, Major General Oded Basiuk, conducted a joint plans approval and situation assessment in the Northern Command.

As part of the situation assessment, operational plans for an attack in Lebanon were presented and approved, and decisions were made to further accelerate the preparations by ground forces. (DM / VFI News)

“Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for taking care of Your children and protecting us from the barrage of rockets fired from Hezbollah on Wednesday. We pray in Yeshua’s name for the situation in the north, for all the displaced citizens to return to their homes, and we ask that an all-out war does not erupt. We pray that the situation is peacefully resolved and that Lebanon manages to take care of Hezbollah by itself, dismantle it, and bring it to justice.”

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