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Continued clashes on Israel's borders with Lebanon and Syria raise fears of a multi-front war

Members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah are threatening Israel's northern border.

Published: October 11, 2023 9:15am

While the world has focused on the Hamas infiltration from Gaza, Israel may be facing a war on multiple fronts as terror groups in Lebanon and Syria have fired rockets into Israel.

Two Palestinian Islamic Jihad members were killed after crossing from Lebanon into Israel, the BBC reported Wednesday. Additionally, at least three members of Hezbollah, a U.S. State Department-recognized foreign terrorist organization, were killed when Israel responded to mortar fire from Lebanon.

In addition to the Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah, Hamas also claims that it has members in Lebanon who fired rockets towards Israel.

All of the rockets were intercepted or fell into open areas, the Israeli military said, but three Israeli soldiers died in the attacks.

Several rocket launches also came from Syria since Hamas invaded Israel on Saturday, the Israel Defense Forces said, according to "The Jerusalem Post." 

Additionally, Iran has used Syria to traffic weapons to Hezbollah and prepare smaller terror groups, which are preferred so the Islamic Republic can have plausible deniability.

The attacks to Israel's north have been small compared to the attacks from Hamas, which left more than 1,200 people dead, including women, children and the elderly, on Saturday.

However, Hezbollah Executive Council head Hashem Safieddine threatened a larger attack on Sunday.

"The images of [Hamas's] invasion of the protected and fortified settlements, and the killing and capturing of large numbers [of people] was humiliating enough [for Israel] to serve as an indication of the capabilities of the heroic Palestinian resistance fighters. Just imagine when these images repeat themselves one day but on a scale dozens of times larger – from Lebanon and from all the areas bordering with occupied Palestine," he said, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute.

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