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IDF renews counterstrikes as blaze from Lebanon rocket engulfs northern hillside

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The IDF renewed retaliatory strikes at military targets in Lebanon late Wednesday, in response to rocket fire, which sparked fires that were still tearing through forested hillsides in northern Israel some 12 hours later.

Israeli fighter jets targeted the Lebanese border areas from which the rocket fire originated in addition to other terror infrastructure, the army said. The air force also struck a site that was used to fire rockets at Israel in the past.

The Hezbollah-affilated al-Manar reported Israeli jets struck an area in the outskirts of the southern Lebanese town of Aishiya.

“IDF attacks will continue and even intensify in the face of terror attacks against the State of Israel and its citizens,” the army said in a statement.

The IDF said it held “the country of Lebanon” responsible for attacks originating from its sovereign territory, which took place as the government in Beirut undergoes its worst economic crisis in decades with the country on the brink of collapse.

On the Israeli side of the border, firefighters were still battling blazes sparked by two of three rockets fired from Lebanon shortly after noon on Wednesday. The third fell short of the border.

The Ramim Ridge west of the northern city of Kiryat Shmona was still awash in flames late that night, leading authorities to order the entrance to nearby Kibbutz Margaliot closed off.

השריפה ברכס רמים שבגליל העליון, שפרצה עקב נפילת הרקטות, ממשיכה להשתולל. הכניסה למושב מרגליות נחסמה@rubih67
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— כאן חדשות (@kann_news) August 4, 2021

A second blaze inside Kiryat Shmona was extinguished earlier in the day, but together the two fires already destroyed hundreds of acres of forest and scrubland, according to Hebrew media reports.

A spokesman for the Fire and Rescue service confirmed that the Ramim Ridge blaze was still going as of midnight.

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