Three rockets were launched today from Lebanon towards Israel, activating anti-aircraft alarms in several Israeli border towns, to which the Israeli Army responded with artillery fire towards the Arab country.
“Three rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory,” reported a military spokesman, who specified that two of them hit Israel and another did not cross the border.
In response to the attack, “the artillery forces of the Israeli Army fired on Lebanese territory,” he added, without specifying further details.
According to Kan public television, one of the launched projectiles hit an unpopulated area of the city of Qiryat Shemona – very close to the border with Lebanon – causing a small fire.
Neighbors in the area heard loud explosions, but there were no injuries or significant material damage, according to media.
Today’s launch from Lebanon comes just two weeks after another similar incident on July 20, when two rockets were fired from the Arab country into Israel, to which the Army also responded with artillery strikes.
On that occasion, the Israeli press pointed out that the rockets had not been launched by the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah but by Palestinian groups related to Hamas based in the area.
As the crisis worsens in the Arab country, fears have increased in Israel that the instability situation will give wings to Hezbollah – supported by Iran, Israel’s main enemy – or other armed groups and lead to a new conflagration.
Israel and Lebanon are technically still at war and there are no diplomatic relations between them.
This episode also coincides today with acts and protests in Lebanon on the occasion of the first anniversary of the explosion in the port of Beirut, which caused more than 200 deaths, 6,500 injuries and great destruction.
Furthermore, this attack comes in a context of growing tension in the Middle East following the attack last Thursday on a tanker operated by a company owned by an Israeli billionaire.
In recent days, both Israel and the United States and the United Kingdom have held Iran responsible for that attack, triggering a spike in tension that included Israeli threats of a possible harsh response.
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