BEIRUT, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- A group linked to al-Qaida claimed on Thursday responsibility for the rocket fired from south Lebanon to north Israel Tuesday evening, the local el-Nashra website reported.
The website received a statement from a group named the Battalions of Ziad al-Jarrah, saying they were trying to launch five Katyusha rockets at the same time Tuesday evening. However, one rocket was launched ahead of time due to inappropriate preparation works, prompting members of the group leaving the launch site as they exposed themselves.
The group said the firing of rockets was a retaliation of Israel's continuing intrusion into the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, and their violence towards Muslims.
A Katyusha rocket launched from south Lebanon hit Israel on Tuesday evening, while Israel responded later with artillery shells. There is no casualties reported.
It is the second time that the group claiming responsibility for firing rockets to Israel from Lebanon. The group claimed three days later that it fired the two rockets from south Lebanon on Sept. 11, hitting north Israel. Israel retaliated with 14 artillery shells to the area where the rockets were originated. Nocasualties were reported either.
The group also accused some groups which possess large quantity of arms of keeping silent over Israel's invasion.