Hezbollah fighters killed by israeli forces; escalating tensions in lebanon.

Hezbollah reported the deaths of two of its members due to Israeli gunfire on Tuesday. The Israeli military claimed responsibility for eliminating “two significant” figures linked to the Iran-backed organization in southern Lebanon.

Following the unprecedented October 7 assault by Hamas on Israel, which led to conflict in Gaza, there has been a surge in cross-border clashes between Hezbollah and the Israeli military. Notably, Hezbollah has intensified its rocket attacks on Israeli targets in recent days.

Early on Tuesday, a source close to Hezbollah informed AFP that an Israeli drone strike targeted and killed an engineer associated with Hezbollah’s air defense forces while he was traveling in a vehicle. The strike occurred in the Abu al-Aswad area near the coastal city of Tyre, approximately 35 kilometers (22 miles) from the border. A journalist from AFP reported that the fighter’s vehicle was completely destroyed.

Hezbollah confirmed that two of its fighters were killed, one of them during the night. The Israeli army, on the other hand, stated that it had neutralized “two significant terrorists in Hezbollah’s aerial unit” both in the morning and overnight.

On Sunday evening, Hezbollah successfully shot down an Israeli drone, as acknowledged by both sides.

Since October 7, the conflict has claimed the lives of at least 378 individuals in Lebanon, predominantly Hezbollah combatants, along with 70 civilians, according to an AFP count. Israel has reported 11 soldiers and eight civilians killed on its side of the border.