Mikati denounces environmental impact of Israeli attacks; fire exchanges between Hezbollah and Israel in south Lebanon: Israel-Hamas war, day 57

  • 17:23 Beirut Time

    Armed wing of Hamas claimed it targeted a group of Israeli soldiers in northwestern Gaza, killing and wounding a number of them, according to Reuters.

  • 17:05 Beirut Time

    The latest on new exchanges of fire between Hezbollah and Israel today in southern Lebanon:

    3:10 p.m. Hezbollah targeted the site of Al Raheb, according to a statement by the group.

    3 p.m. Hezbollah attacked the site of Brisket Richa

    2.35 p.m. Hezbollah said it targeted the site of Jan el Allam. 

    2:35 p.m. Hezbollah targeted the Jal Al Alam site, according to a statement from the group. No word yet from the Israeli army on this latest strike.

    1:40 p.m. Hezbollah targeted the Israeli Ruwaysat Al-Alam site, in Shebaa Farms.

    12:50 p.m. Hezbollah fighters hit the [Israeli] Rahib outpost, the party said in a statement.

    11 a.m. Hezbollah targeted an Israeli artillery weapon at the [Israeli] Khirbet Ma'ar area at 11 a.m.

    Meanwhile, an Israeli drone has shelled an area around Tayr Harfa and Jibbayn, according to reports from our correspondent in southern Lebanon and local inhabitants. An other Israeli missile is said to have exploded in the air. The Israeli army also launched three shells in the direction of Jabal Blat and the hills of Medawar, between the areas of Ramaya and Marwahine. Two shells also reportedly fell on the hills of Awaida, near Adaisseh. Earlier, the Israeli army said it had "returned fire" after two mortar shells from Lebanon fell in an open area in northern Israel, without giving any more details, Haaretz is reporting.

    Late this morning, Hezbollah announced the death of two if its fighters, which raises the total death toll of Hezbollah fighters to 90 since Oct. 7.

  • 16:07 Beirut Time

    The US will "under no circumstances" allow "the forced relocation of Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank, the besiegement of Gaza, or the redrawing of the borders of Gaza,"  says US Vice President Kamala Harris, reports the BBC.

    She's been meeting Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, on the sidelines of the COP28 in Dubai. She added that peace efforts "can only succeed if they are pursued in the context of a clear political horizon for the Palestinian people towards a state of their own led by a revitalized Palestinian Authority." She added that Hamas cannot control Gaza.

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