Middle East
Rocket hits Israel from Lebanon
No reported casualties as Israel returns fire with eight rockets into southern Lebanon.
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2009 20:16 GMT


A Katyusha-style rocket has been fired from Lebanon into northern Israel, with the latter retuning fire.

No casualties were reported in the incidents on Tuesday, which began when a rocket hit near the Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona, security officials on both sides said.

Israel then struck southern Lebanon, near the village of Hula, with eight rockets.

Witnesses in Kiryat Shmona said that Israeli gunfire at targets in southern Lebanon took place at the same time.

Lebanese police said that the initial rocket fire, which no group has immediately claimed responsibility for, had come from an area near Hula, on the Lebanon-Israel border.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the army views the attack as "serious, and considers that responsibility for it falls on the Lebanese government".

The Lebanese army and UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon blocked off the road leading to Hula and were searching the area, reports said.

In 2006, Israel fought a war with Hezbollah, a Shia political and armed group with widespread in southern Lebanon. About 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis died in the war.

Since then, there have been few incidents of attacks between groups from either country, apart from some cases of rocket fire from smaller groups in Lebanon.

There have been four rocket attacks from Lebanon into Israel this year.

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