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Israel shells south Lebanon after rocket attack

 A man holds a picture of a crying Palestinian girl with in Arabic :" I'm doing fine, how about you," during a sit-in of the medical staff of al-Sahel...
 A woman shouts slogans as she carries a banner in Arabic :" Stop targeting health organizations in Gaza," during a sit-in of the medical staff of al-...

Mideast Lebanon Gaza Protest

A man holds a picture of a crying Palestinian girl with in Arabic :" I'm doing fine, how about you," during a sit-in of the medical staff of al-Sahel...

Mideast Lebanon Gaza Protest

A woman shouts slogans as she carries a banner in Arabic :" Stop targeting health organizations in Gaza," during a sit-in of the medical staff of al-...

Israeli forces fired artillery north into Lebanon on Wednesday in response to a rocket attack, Lebanese security officials said.
It was the second such exchange since Israel launched an offensive in Gaza against Hamas on its southern flank on Dec. 27 and threatens to ignite a new front in the north.
No one was hurt after three rockets fell in open areas near the Israeli town of Kiryat Shemona, but residents were ordered into bomb shelters, police said. There was no immediate word of casualties in the retaliatory fire on Lebanon.
The area has been largely quiet since the summer 2006 war between Israel and the militant Hezbollah movement, a bruising 34-day battle in which more than 1,000 people were killed in Lebanon and about 160 in Israel.
The Lebanese officials said several rockets were fired Wednesday and at least one fell short inside Lebanon. Israel responded by launching at least eight artillery shells at the source of the rockets near the village of Kfar Hamam, the official said.
Israeli helicopter gunships flew reconnaissance missions along the heavily protected border as Lebanese troops and U.N. peacekeepers sent out patrols, the Lebanese officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak to the press.
Residents in the region took their children out of school in fear of an escalation.
The area from where the rockets were fired is controlled by Lebanese troops and the U.N. peacekeeping force.
On Thursday, four rockets were also fired on northern Israel but from the other end of the border closer to the Mediterranean coastline. Israel responded with several shells at that time as well.
Speculation has focused on small militant Palestinian groups in Lebanon seeking to aid Hamas.
Hezbollah, the main anti-Israeli force in Lebanon which fought Israel in the 2006 war, denied responsibility and said it did not want to be drawn into a battle with Israel. The Shiite militant group, an ally of Hamas, possesses a formidable arsenal of rockets and fired about 4,000 on Israel during the 2006 fighting.
The Lebanese government moved quickly since to try to prevent an escalation. It rejected the firing of rockets and said it remains committed to the 2006 U.N.-brokered truce. Authorities intensified patrols of the border zone and opened an investigation into who had fired the rockets.
Troops discovered disused rockets during one of the patrols, and on Tuesday the defense minister said army commandos have been deployed to southern Lebanon to comb valley and hills for any more rockets.
Defense Minister Elias Murr on Tuesday told reporters Lebanon will not allow a "terrorist side" to start a war.


Updated : 2021-08-05 21:33 GMT+08:00