Rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel

2011-11-29 12:32

Jerusalem - Several rockets fired from Lebanon hit northern Israel on Tuesday, the first since 2009, prompting Israel to return fire, military officials said.

Two buildings in Israel's western Galilee area were damaged, Israeli media said, but there were no reports of casualties. Residents said they heard two explosions and that houses shook.

Israel said it was trying to establish who fired the rockets from Lebanon, but that it held the Lebanese government responsible and would deliver a complaint.

"The Lebanese government is responsible for everything that happens in Lebanon and everything that exits from its border," Home Front Defence Minister Matan Vilnai said.

In Lebanon, security sources said four Katyusha rockets were fired into Israel from an area between the villages of Aita Shaab and Rmeish, about 2km from the border.

Plumes of smoke

They said Israel fired four artillery shells in response, but they landed in fields and caused no damage.

An Israeli military spokesperson said the rockets were the first fired since 2009 across a border where a 34-day war was fought in 2006 between Israel and Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.

"Several rockets hit the western Galilee. The Israeli army considers the incident severe and is targeting origins of fire," said a statement from the military spokesperson's office.

The Ynet news website said residents saw plumes of smoke where the rockets struck.

The Israeli-Lebanese border has been largely quiet in recent years, though some have worried about a possible spill-over of tensions from a months-old revolt in Syria against President Bashar Assad and from a stiffening of Western sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme.

  • gembleton1 - 2011-11-29 12:55

    Where the comments from the pro Lebanese now, is this not a provoked attack?

      Paulus - 2011-11-29 13:12

      If the Boeremag blows up a structure, do you hold the SA government responsible? No, you don't, but you do use diplomatic channels to raise the issue, as Israel has done. The situation in Lebanon is much more complex than your simplistic comment warrants. Even though Hezbollah is part of the government, they still have unruly elements that just loves firing off a rocket or two into Israel. The challenge is for the politicians to control their support base, and I count Hezbollah in that category now. They can not allow their supporters to still behave like this.

      Dirk - 2011-11-29 14:58

      The chances that these barbaric terrorists fired the rockets from the midst of civilians, is highly probable and when the Israelis retaliate and there are fatalities, there is an outcry- a typical response of cowards. May the Living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, bless Israel and her people and protect them.

      Jaba - 2011-11-29 18:24

      3 words: religion of peace. that goes for Syria, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Iran etc when you love blood - you love blood nough said.

  • Fred - 2011-11-29 15:35

    Where is UNIFIL? The UN is supposed to stop these acts of terrorism as part of the cease fire agreement between Israel and Hezbollah. But then again when Egypt threatened to wipe out Israel in 1967, the same UN removed its peace keeping forces as per arab request. Under the same UN, Hezbollah has smuggled in more missiles than they had in the previous battle. I agree with you Dirk, only a matter of time before the UN passes another fatwa (resolution) against Israel when it defends itself.

  • Mboneni - 2012-01-10 20:02

    The Lebanese Hezbollah exist only in the provocation of Israel and not to make peace.Firing of katyusha rockets when there is no war is barbaric.They are mostly the cause of lebanese strife,because their existance is maintained by terrorism not by peace making

      Sharon - 2012-06-12 20:01

      wise words

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