Hezbollah Fires Barrage of Rockets into Kiryat Shmona

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Thirty rockets were fired into Kiryat Shmona in Northern Israel early Wednesday morning.

Channel 12 news reports that some of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system, but several made it through to Kiryat Shmona. One struck a factory, causing a fire and extensive damage. Fire and Rescue Services discovered Zaher Bashara, a 25-year-old resident of the Druze village of Ein Qiniyye, trapped under the rubble. Despite their lifesaving efforts, Bashara was declared dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, fellow Lebanese terror faction al-Jamaa al-Islamiya has decided it will join Hezbollah in its fight against Israel, reports the Associated Press.

“We decided to join the battle as a national, religious, and moral duty. We did that to defend our land and villages,” said al-Jamaa al-Islamiya Sheikh Mohammed Takkoush to the Associated Press at his headquarters in Beirut on Tuesday. “We also did so in support of our brothers in Gaza,” where he claimed Israel was committing an “open massacre.”

The al-Jamaa al-Islamiya is relatively small in numbers compared to its Hezbolah counterpart, which reportedly numbers in the tens of thousands. Like Hamas, it draws inspiration from the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood, which denies the existence of Israel and advocates for violence to obtain its objectives.

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