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Tags: israel | lebanon

Lebanon Rocket Fire Draws Israeli Artillery Strike

Lebanon Rocket Fire Draws Israeli Artillery Strike
A United Nations UNIFIL soldier near the Lebanon-Israel border on Dec. 29.

Sunday, 29 December 2013 06:41 AM

JERUSALEM — Rockets launched from Lebanon struck northern Israel on Sunday, causing no injuries or damage, and Israel responded with artillery fire across a border that has been largely quiet since a war in 2006.

It was not immediately clear who fired the rockets. A U.N. peacekeeping force in south Lebanon, urging restraint, said it was working with the Lebanese Army to obtain further details of the attack.

Israeli authorities said five rockets were launched from Lebanon but only one or two struck inside Israel, near the border town of Kiryat Shmona.

South Lebanon is a stronghold of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrilla group — which battled Israel seven years ago and is currently engaged in Syria's civil war in support of President Bashar al-Assad — but Palestinian factions are also in the area.

The strike came two days after a bomb blast in Beirut killed Mohamad Chatah, a former minister and leading adviser to Sunni Muslim former prime minister Saad al-Hariri.

Hariri has suggested Hezbollah was behind the assassination, drawing parallels with the 2005 explosion which killed his father Rafik al-Hariri. Hezbollah condemned Chatah's killing as a "horrible crime.”

In a statement, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Israel held the Lebanese government and military responsible for the rocket attack, the first along the frontier since August.

Yaalon said the military responded with "massive shelling toward the (rocket) launch area, and if needed will use even greater force."

A Reuters witness in the Lebanon frontier area said 33 Israeli shells hit near two southern border towns. A Lebanese security source confirmed the count, and said no one was hurt.

There were no reports of further cross-border attacks following the initial exchange.

Tension along the border rose this month when a Lebanese soldier killed an Israeli soldier across the border fence, after which the peacekeeping United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) met both sides to restore calm.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel held the Beirut government responsible for any attacks emanating from Lebanese territory.

In his public remarks at Israel's weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu also accused Hezbollah of "organizing fire on civilians, as it tried to do today" — language that stopped short of alleging the group itself carried out the rocket strike.
 
Hezbollah was not immediately available for comment.

 

© 2022 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.


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Rockets launched from Lebanon struck northern Israel on Sunday, causing no injuries or damage, and Israel responded with artillery fire across a border that has been largely quiet since a war in 2006.
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Sunday, 29 December 2013 06:41 AM
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