IDF Soldier Killed in Hezbollah Attack

The IDF has announced that a soldier of the 869th battalion, 20 year old Sergeant Haim Sabach, was killed during “operation activity in the north of the country.”



Trading Blows

While the IDF did not state the exact circumstances in which the soldier was killed, the death was reported after Hezbollah launched attacks on several different sites in northern Israel, in which they claimed to have produced casualties among Israeli troops targeted in the attacks.

Hezbollah claimed that the attacks were retaliatory, for Israeli attacks on both military and civilian infrastructure in southern Lebanon. Their full statement, which details their attacks, may be read below:


In support of the steadfast Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and backing their brave and honorable resistance, the Islamic Resistance carried out several operations against the sites and deployments of the “israeli” army at the Lebanese-Palestinian border on Wednesday, 8-05-2024, as follows:

– Eastern Sector:

1- At 10:30, targeting a recently installed technical system at the Al-Assi site was targeted using an attack drone, striking it directly and resulting in its destruction.
2- At 11:03, targeting a building used by “israeli” soldiers in the “Metulla” settlement was targeted and hit directly, in response to the enemy’s attacks on the southern villages, the safe homes, and the targeting of civilians.
3- At 11:03, targeting a building used by “israeli” soldiers in the Manara settlement was targeted, in response to the enemy’s attacks on the steadfast southern villages and civilian homes, and the targeting of civilians.
4- At 17:00, targeting Al-Samaqa site in the occupied Lebanese hills of Kafr Shuba was targeted with rocket weapons, striking it directly.

Western sector:

1- At 11:00 targeting two buildings used by “israeli” enemy soldiers in the “Shlomi” settlement, in response to the enemy’s attacks on the steadfast southern villages, civilian homes, and targeting civilians.
2- At 11:00 targeting two buildings used by “israeli” enemy soldiers in the “Avivim” settlement, in response to the enemy’s attacks on the steadfast southern villages, civilian homes, and targeting civilians.
4- At 13:25, after monitoring and tracking the movement of “israeli” enemy soldiers at the “Rahib” site and their entry into bunkers, they were targeted by the Islamic Resistance fighters with guided rockets, directly hitting them. At the same time, the fighters targeted the surveillance equipment at the site and destroyed it.
5- At 14:25, after monitoring and tracking the movement of “israeli” enemy soldiers at the “Malikiya” site and their entry into one of the bunkers, they were targeted by Islamic Resistance fighters with guided rockets, directly hitting them. Meanwhile, the fighters shelled the site with artillery shells and inflicted casualties among its stationed units, resulting in them falling between dead and injured. They also targeted and destroyed its surveillance equipment.
6- At 15:00 targeting the newly established Western Brigade headquarters in “Ya’ara” with attack drones hitting their targets precisely.
7- At 16:20 targeting the headquarters of the 91st division in the “Branit” barracks with a heavy-caliber Burkan missile, directly hitting it, in response to the “israeli” enemy’s attacks on southern villages, safe houses, and targeting civilians.
8- At 19:50 targeting an “israeli” enemy force as it moved in the vicinity of the “Ramia” site with artillery shells, hitting it directly.


In return, the IDF launched attacks on an array of Hezbollah military sites in southern Lebanon, in particular targeting Hezbollah’s Radwan force, Hezbollah’s special forces.



Although Israel and Hezbollah are not at war with each other, the two have been trading constant attacks since Hamas’ initial attack upon Israel on October 7th. The attacks have led to casualties on both sides, and have raised fears among many that a war could break out between the two, a war which would prove to be significantly deadlier than the war between Israel and Hamas.

Sébastien Gray
Sébastien Gray
Sébastien Gray is a published journalist and historicist with over 5 years experience in writing. His primary focus is on East and West African affairs.

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