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This Image Does Not Show The Recent Hezbollah Attack On Kiryat Shmona

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
5th June 2024
This Image Does Not Show The Recent Hezbollah Attack On Kiryat Shmona
The image shows 2023 rocket attacks on Kiryat Shmona (X)

The Claim

An image shows the Kiryat Shmona settlement burning after a missile strike from Hezbollah.

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Recently, social media users have been circulating an image claiming to show the Kiryat Shmona settlement burning after a missile strike from Hezbollah.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating image and found the claim to be misleading. 

Image from October 2023 Shows Rocket Attack On Kiryat Shmona

Misbar's team found that the image dates back to October 2023 and depicts rockets launched from southern Lebanon on Sunday evening, hitting a house in Kiryat Shmona.

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According to an article by Lebanon Debate News, photos and videos showed the fire that erupted in the house hit by the rockets, with Israeli media noting that ambulances and fire brigades quickly arrived at the scene. Residents in Kiryat Shmona were injured by the fire caused by the rocket attack.

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A correspondent from Roya reported that the Israeli Occupation Forces retaliated by attacking the towns of Shihin and Sha'iyat in southern Lebanon after the incident.

This followed the Israeli army's interception of two missiles fired from Lebanon towards the Safad region in Upper Galilee, with a third missile landing in an open area. Earlier, Hezbollah announced that its fighters had targeted the Al-Samaqa site in the occupied Shebaa Farms with appropriate weaponry, causing direct casualties.

Hezbollah's Air Force Strikes Israeli Targets

The circulation of the claim came after Hezbollah's Unmanned Air Force conducted several strikes on Israeli targets on Monday. Hezbollah fighters targeted an Israeli military vehicle in Mount Adather, west of Kibbutz Sasa, resulting in casualties among its crewmembers. Utilizing an anti-tank guided missile. Military media reported that the strike destroyed the vehicle, causing fatalities and injuries among its crew. 

Later in the afternoon, Hezbollah fighters targeted a grouping of Israeli occupation troops near the Ramyah military site. The attack was conducted via unspecified "rocket weapons" and dealt direct hits to the targets.

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War Crimes Of Israeli Attacks Extend from Gaza to South Lebanon

According to rights groups, Israel is potentially committing war crimes by expanding its military operations from Gaza to southern Lebanon, particularly targeting medical personnel.

The deadliest day for medical workers in south Lebanon occurred on March 27, with attacks claiming multiple lives. A cafe in Ras al-Naqoura was targeted, resulting in the death of a medical worker from Amal’s Al-Risala Scouts and three others, including an Amal member. Another attack took place in Tayr Harfa, where two paramedics from Hezbollah’s Islamic Health Association and four Hezbollah fighters lost their lives.

The Israeli army spokesperson claimed that the attack in al-Habbariyeh targeted a "significant terrorist" in al-Jamaa al-Islamiya. However, investigations by human rights organizations found no evidence of military activity or fighters present at the site.

Human Rights Watch has called for an investigation into the al-Habbariyeh attack as a potential war crime, as they continue to scrutinize other Israeli assaults on medical workers. Since October 8, Hezbollah and Israel have engaged in cross-border attacks, initiated the day after Israel launched its offensive on Gaza. 

According to the International Organization for Migration, over 92,600 people have been displaced from southern Lebanon due to the ongoing Israeli attacks.

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