Israel 'responds' to rocket fire from Lebanon

The attacks struck uninhabited areas of both Israel and Lebanon without causing any casualties or damage.

    The Israeli shelling came in response to two rockets fired from Lebanon that struck northern Israel [AFP]
    The Israeli shelling came in response to two rockets fired from Lebanon that struck northern Israel [AFP]

    Two missiles fired from southern Lebanon exploded in northern Israel, prompting the Israeli military to hit back with about 20 artillery shells, an army spokesman said.

    "The Israeli artillery responded to the Sunday rocket attacks from Lebanon against Israel that left no victims, targeting the area where these projectiles were fired from," an army spokesman told the AFP news agency.

    The Katyusha-style rockets landed in a field west of the town of Kyriat Shmona, without causing any casualties or damage, Israeli military radio reported.

    Soldiers from the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon and the Lebanese Army conducted a search of the area on Sunday after the rockets were fired.

    'Test our patience'

    Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said Israel "would not tolerate" such attacks and held the Lebanese government and army responsible for any fire coming from its territory.

    "We will not allow incidents such as those of this morning to pass quietly,'' Yaalon said in a statement. "I would not recommend to anyone to test our patience and our determination to protect the security of the people of Israel."

    Tension has spiked on the border between the two countries since Lebanese troops gunned down an Israeli soldier driving near the frontier on December 16.

    Israel's border with Lebanon has been largely quiet since the 2006 war with the Shia political party and armed group Hezbollah.

    The last time a soldier was killed there was in August 2010, when two Lebanese soldiers and a journalist also died. 

    In August, four Israeli soldiers were wounded by an explosion about 400m inside Lebanese territory, in a blast claimed by Hezbollah.

    Last week, Hezbollah said one of its top leaders was killed near Beirut and blamed Israel for his murder, a charge denied by Israel, which warned against any retaliation.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.