Hezbollah Missile Strikes in Northern Israel Spark Fears of Major Escalation

The Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah launched at least five anti-tank guided missiles into northern Israel on Sunday, a day after Iranian officials warned that the Lebanon-based group was poised to aid Hamas by opening a second front against Israel.

The attacks marked the latest escalation of skirmishes on Israel’s border with Lebanon. They ratcheted up fears of a widening Israel-Hezbollah clash in the north and the prospect of a major war between Iran and Israel.

Israel responded to the strikes by shelling Hezbollah sites inside Lebanon. Backed by a growing deployment of U.S. warships, Israeli forces prepared for a much-anticipated ground invasion to rout Hamas from Gaza in the south.

With a humanitarian crisis growing in Gaza and escalation concerns mounting, the Biden administration scrambled through the weekend to try to calm regional nerves while attempting to deter Iran and Hezbollah from further provocations.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken spent Saturday and Sunday in shuttle diplomacy among several Arab nations: Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. (Read more from “Hezbollah Missile Strikes in Northern Israel Spark Fears of Major Escalation” HERE)

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