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IDF finds that area where Baranes couple were killed was not covered by IAF – Israel News

IDF finds that area where Baranes couple were killed was not covered by IAF – Israel News

According to a preliminary investigation by the Israeli military into the deaths of Noa and Nir Baranes in a rocket attack on their vehicle in the Golan Heights on Tuesday, there does not appear to have been an attempted interception.

The air force classifies the streets as “open areas”; therefore, they were not covered by the defense systems. No interceptors were deployed against the rockets fired from southern Lebanon.

Security officials claim that the Air Force and the Home Front Command in particular need to update their instructions to the public and post appropriate signs, instructions and publications to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

Yesterday afternoon, a senior Hezbollah activist, Yasser Nimr Qarnabsh, was killed in a targeted counterattack in a vehicle on the road to Damascus in Beirut. In the past, Qarnabsh was one of Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah’s security guards and has held several high-ranking positions in the organization over the years.

Noa and Nir Baranes. (Source: GOLAN REGIONAL COUNCIL)

IDF was criticized for the minimal response

Within a few hours, Hezbollah members from southern Lebanon responded with a barrage of about 40 rockets. Despite the high vigilance of the Israeli air defense system, one of them hit the vehicle in the Golan Heights and caused the death of the Baranes couple.

Security officials criticize the Israeli military’s actions because, despite claims by senior Israeli officers that they are preventing Hezbollah from establishing stability and becoming more unpredictable, the Shiite organization is managing to establish stability, for example by responding to painful attacks in southern Lebanon with rocket attacks, which were fatal in yesterday’s case.