Israel breaks 48-hour airstrike respite
QANA, Lebanon – Israeli planes carried out two “protective” airstrikes Monday on Hezbollah targets just hours after declaring a 48-hour respite in air attacks on southern Lebanon. …[Read more]
Israel then said it would halt aerial strikes for 48 hours to determine whether the targeting was correct in Qana. Early Monday local time, Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes in southern Lebanon, near the village of Taibe. Israeli military officials said the actions only protected the ground forces operating in the area. The Israelis told U.S. officials that ground operations were continuing, and Monday’s renewed air strikes were close-in support for operations against rocket launchers that were about to be used, said a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Israel had said when it agreed to suspend aerial operations that it was maintaining its right to respond to threats of attack being prepared against it, the official said, saying no authorization had been given to speak publicly on this subject.
The official added that it’s important that the aerial suspension be implemented to allow humanitarian aid to be delivered and safe passage to continue.