Videos: Lebanese Party Says Civilians Stopping Hezbollah Rocket Convoy Was ‘Misunderstanding’

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After Hezbollah fighters fired rockets into israel from southern Lebanon on Friday, their trucks were stopped by locals as they drove through a nearby town. The United Nations is urging calm, but the Israeli military seems to think the risk of escalation is low.

On Friday morning, Hezbollah fired 19 rockets into northern israel and the Golan Heights, 10 of which were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system. According to the Lebanese militant group, the launches were in response to Israeli airstrikes the day before. Those, in turn, were launched after an earlier round of rockets were fired into Israel from southern Lebanon.

However, some time afterward, as the truck-mounted rocket launcher was driving through the town of Shouya, a group of several dozen residents mobbed the truck in the town square, pulling the crew members from the vehicle. According to the Times of Israel, Shouya is a town of Druze, an ethnoreligious group distantly related to Muslims, but who in Lebanon’s factional political structure are treated as one of five Muslim communities in the country.

​After the incident, Hezbollah issued a statement verifying the incident occurred, but adding that the group “was, and is, and will always be the most careful about the security of civilians and not expose them to any danger during its work of resistance.”

Hezbollah deputy chief Naim Qassem told reporters later on Friday…

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