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Rockets fired from Lebanon at Israel

Rockets were fired from Lebanon at Israel. PM Netanyahu: "We hold the Lebanese government responsible for this development. We also know that Iran is behind this arming by Hezbollah."

Residents of Israel’s north woke to rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel. The rockets landed west of Kiryat Shmona, an Israeli city near the Lebanese border. IDF forces responded with artillery fire toward the source of the launch.

At least five rockets were fired from Lebanon, with one confirmed explosion in Israel. The IDF is currently searching for evidence of others.

In response to the attack, an official complaint was filed to UNIFIL, the United Nations force charged with maintaining security in Southern Lebanon and preventing hostilities against Israel. Launching rockets from Lebanon into Israel jeapordizes thousands of civilian lives in the north. While no injuries were reported, the attack constitutes an unacceptable and blatant breach of Israel’s sovereignty.


PM Netanyahu said at the Cabinet meeting: "Today, the IDF responded quickly and forcefully to the rocket fire from Lebanon. This is our policy regarding Lebanon just as it is with the Gaza Strip. We will not allow a drizzle and we will respond strongly, and if need be, will carry out preventive action. We hold the Lebanese government responsible for firing that is carried out from within its territory. What is happening in Lebanon is that Hezbollah is stationing thousands of missiles and rockets in apartments, in the heart of the civilian population, and is thus perpetrating two war crimes simultaneously. It is organizing the firing at civilians, just as it did today, and it is hiding behind civilians as human shields.

This is a double war crime that that is being perpetrated under the aegis of the Lebanese government and army, which are not lifting a finger to prevent this arming and these crimes. We hold the Lebanese government responsible for this development. We also know that Iran, of course, is behind this arming by Hezbollah. It is the same Iran which is continuing to assist the Syrian government in slaughtering civilians and which is continuing to arm terrorist organizations that are perpetrating acts of terrorism in many countries. It is also the same Iran that is currently developing centrifuges that are capable of enriching uranium six times faster than its regular centrifuges."

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PM Netanyahu: "The State of Israel is ready for any scenario. We are not part of the civil war in Syria but if we identify any attempt whatsoever to harm us, we will respond and we will respond in strength.

Israel Headlines - PM Netanyahu: "The State of Israel is ready for any scenario. We are not part of the civil war in Syria but if we identify any attempt whatsoever to harm us, we will respond and we will respond in strength.

There is no reason to change daily routines. The IDF is ready to defend against any threat and to respond strongly against any attempt to harm Israeli citizens".

Israel Cabinet Approved: a thousand reserve soldiers will be recruited to the Air Force and the Home Front Command.
As part of the Cabinet decision thousands of soldiers will be recruited and Iron Dome batteries will be deployed in the north.

Preparations for a possible attacks on Israrl from Syria, Senior military official said that the Cabinet has approved the to recruit thousands of reservists for the Home Front Command, Air Force, intelligence and headquarters. The source added that if the United States attacks Syria, Israel may change the level of preparedness in the army and accordingly will be recruited more reservists. Currently, no change in the alert level, but Northern Command units and units in charge of protecting Israeli home front will remain on alert. The Senior official stressed that the likelihood that the Syrian army would launch missiles at Israel "is not high, even low." However, he added that during the meeting, also attended by Chief of Staff - Gen. Benny Gantz and senior defense, it was also decided to reinforce the Iron Dome batteries in the northern arena. Now, according to the senior official, there are no plans to open extra distribution points for Chemical Protection Kits.

Meanwhile, United States formed a coalition attack against Syria including some Arab countries. Estimated that Americans apparently waiting for the UN inspectors in Syria. However, it is important to remember that the United States is limited to the opening date of the operation due to the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama in Russia next week. Senior official admitted that Israel has not yet received a formal assurance from the United States for the a period of time which Israel will receive a warning before the beginning of the operation, Israel may receive warnings just few hours before the attack.


At the end of the Cabinet meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "The IDF prepared to defend against any threat, and prepared to respond with force to any attempt to harm Israeli citizens." The Cabinet Meeting, held in the Kirya in Tel Aviv, the ministers presented scenarios that Syrian President will take if attacked, when some of the scenarios were also the possibility that the Syrian president chooses to attack Israel.

"Further security evaluations took place today, there is no reason to change the routine of life. Meanwhile, we are preparing for any scenario," added the Prime Minister.

A political source in Jerusalem said that Israel believes Assad will not try to drag Israel into war. However, he added, "We are preparing for this possibility, although it is unlikely, We must be prepared for any scenario." He added that it is assumed that the West will not try to topple the Assad Regime, and that so far have not clarified the scope of the anticipated attack.

Earlier today the Israel Air Force increased the intelligence-gathering effort over Lebanon.

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Israel Headlines: Israel Air Force has increased flights over Lebanon; Israel Cabinet convened

Israel's Ministers were presented with a number of scenarios, some of which include possible Syrian attack Israel in response to the operation of the West. IDF continues preparations: the last hours accelerated border intelligence gathering meeting



In the background of the preparations to attack Syria by the West, Israel Air Force has increased today (Wednesday) the intelligence collection effort over Lebanon. According to reports in the last hours, IDF planes flying the skies of the borders with Syria and Lebanon. Similarly, the Political - Security meets this morning to receive updates for a possible attack Syria.

During the meeting, the ministers were presented with number of scenarios which Assad will take if attacked, when some of the scenarios also deal with the possibility that the Syrian president chooses to attack Israel. A political source in Jerusalem said that Israel believes Assad will not try to drag Israel into war. However, he added, "We are preparing for this possibility, although it is less likely, We must be prepared for any scenario." He added that it is assumed that the West will not try to topple the Assad regime, and that so far it was not clarified the scope of the anticipated attack.
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Israel Headlines: Air Raid Sirens and explosions in the north, Some rockets were fired from Lebanon

At around 16:30 sirens were activated in Nahariya and the Galilee, followed by at least three explosions. Iron Dome system intercepted one rocket, and the other fell in an open area. No casualties or damage reported.

Heating along the northern border: Civilians reported this afternoon (Thursday) that alarm sounds in various locations throughout the Western Galilee. Two alarms sounded within a few minutes in Nahariya and the surrounding area. Lebanese News Agency reported at least four rockets fired at Israel from Tzoor.

IDF Spokesman Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai said that IDF estimates that international jihadist are responsible for the rocket fire at Israel.
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