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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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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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