Israel fires back after 3 rockets launched from Lebanon

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LAURIE KELLMAN, ZEINA KARAMWed

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Three rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory Wednesday and the army responded with sustained artillery fire, Israel’s military said. There was no immediate information on damages or casualties.

The announcement came after sirens sounded in northern Israel warning of a possible rocket attack from Lebanon. Two rockets landed inside Israeli territory, the army said, adding that it fired artillery back into Lebanon.

Channel 12 reported that one rocket exploded in an open area and another was intercepted by Israel’s defense system, known as the Iron Dome.

The warnings went off near Kiryat Shmona, a community of about 20,000 people near the Lebanese border.

A Lebanese army official said the military had no comment pending investigations. Other Lebanese security officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press.

However, several witnesses in the border area in south Lebanon said two rockets landed in an Israeli community across the border, followed by multiple artillery shells that were fired from Israel. The Israeli shells landed in an area between the Lebanese villages of Marjayoun and Khiam, they said, adding it was not clear where the rockets were fired from.

There have been several similar incidents in recent months.

The rocket fire is believed by Israeli authorities to have been launched by Palestinian groups based in Lebanon and not the militant Hezbollah group. However, it’s unlikely that Palestinian groups could operate without Hezbollah’s consent.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price condemned the rocket fire from Lebanon.

“Israel has the right to defend itself against such attacks,” he told reporters in Washington, adding that the U.S. would remain engaged with partners “in the region in an effort to de-escalate the situation.”

At the United Nations, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, was aware of the rocket fire and Israel’s artillery response. He said the UNIFIL commander, Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col, appealed for a cease-fire and urged both sides to “exercise maximum restraint to avoid further escalation.”

Sky News Arabia reported about Israeli shelling along the border with Lebanon, and the sound of explosions was heard.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV correspondent Ali Shuaib had published pictures on his Twitter account of the fire caused by the rocket that fell near the settlement of Kiryat Shmona inside Israel , noting that “it is still sweeping forested areas and firefighting mechanisms are unable to extinguish it.”

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV correspondent Ali Shuaib had published pictures on his Twitter account of the fire caused by the missile that fell near the settlement of Kiryat Shmona inside Israel , noting that “it is still sweeping forested areas and firefighting mechanisms are unable to extinguish it.”

Associated Press

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2 responses to “Israel fires back after 3 rockets launched from Lebanon”

  1. For the first time since 2006, Israeli fighter jets attacked targets in Lebanon tonight
    This is a bombastic title piece. That’s how it sounds on the other side as well.
    According to a report by Hezbollah, the IDF carried out two attacks on targets in the a-Damaskiya area in the suburbs of the village of Al-Mahmoudiya in southern Lebanon at 00:40.
    The attack was preceded by a public US approval (an important step in the process of establishing legitimacy and strengthening the message of the Israeli attack) in which the US State Department issued a statement that Israel has the right to defend itself against the attack in southern Lebanon.
    The targets of the Israeli attack in this case are less interesting (according to the report, spaces + terrorist infrastructure were attacked). According to the Lebanese, there is an Israeli attempt here to change the rules of the game.
    Official Hezbollah is still silent. I will mention that on Saturday at 20:30 Nasrallah is scheduled to give a speech on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the “Divine Victory” in the Second Lebanon War.
    Probably now he needs to fix a few lines in the planned speech

    1. A video taken by Lebanese civilians of moments of IDF attack tonight in southern Lebanon https://t.me/abualiexpress/30249

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