Israel fires back 9 rockets, while helicopters flew low over S Lebanon 2009-01-14 16:22:28   Print

Special report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts 

    BEIRUT, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Israel responded firing back nine rockets into southern Lebanon areas of Arkoub and Habarieh in Hassbia region, while Israeli helicopters flew in low altitude over the area, al-Jazeera TV reported Wednesday.

    Two Katyusha rockets were launched Wednesday morning from southern Lebanon into Israeli town of Kiryat Shmouna, prompting an Israeli response of firing back the nine rockets.

    This is the second such incident since the war on Gaza started on Dec. 27. Last Thursday, three Katyusha rockets were also fired on Israel, resulting in an Israeli retaliation. The Israeli army shelled Hamra, al-Jiben, and Tayr Harfa towns in southern Lebanon, from where the rockets were launched.

    All groups in Lebanon including Palestinian factions and Hezbollah ruled out any involvement in the rocket launching.

    There has been a unanimous Lebanese stand to avoid any involvement in a confrontation with Israel.

    Israel fought a devastating 34-day war with Hezbollah in July 2006, leaving thousands dead and wounded and destruction of Lebanese infrastructure.

Lebanese army stresses commitment to UN resolution 1701, accusing Israel of violations  

    BEIRUT, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Lebanese army reiterated on Wednesday its commitment to implementing UN Security Council resolution 1701, and accused Israel of violating terms of the resolution, New TV reported.

    The Lebanese army renewed its commitment in a statement issued following rocket attacks this morning from south Lebanon into northern Israel prompting an Israeli retaliation. Full story

Lebanese minister denounces firing rockets from S Lebanon

    BEIRUT, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese Information Minister Tareq Mitri denounced Wednesday the firing of rockets from southern Lebanon into northern Israel, local Naharnet website reported.

    "Firing rockets targeting Lebanon's national interest and the interest of the Palestinian," Mitri told reporters after meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Seniora. Full story

Lebanese TV confirms rockets attack on N Israel from S Lebanon

    BEIRUT, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Two rockets were launched Wednesday morning from South Lebanon's Hassbia area into northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmouna, Lebanon's LBC TV reported.

    Israel is responding with a number of rockets on South Lebanon, said the TV report. Full story

Rockets from Lebanon rock northern Israel

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Northern Israel were pummeled by rockets from southern Lebanon on Wednesday morning for the second time in a week, rekindling fears that Israel might have to open a second front alongside with the Gaza Strip.

    "A number of rockets were launched into northern Israel this morning. There were no casualties or damage as a result of the attack," confirmed the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in a statement, adding that the IDF responded to the source of fire. Full story

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