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Israel confirms rocket attack from Lebanon

English.news.cn   2014-07-11 17:01:18

JERUSALEM, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Rockets launched from Lebanon hit northern Israel early Friday, as rocket fire from Gaza continues to strike the country for a fourth day.

Israeli army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner confirmed that projectiles struck open fields near Israel's northern border. The army retaliated with artillery fire toward the apparent source of fire in southern Lebanon, he added. No injuries were reported.

Lebanese media reported that the rockets were fired at around 06:00 a.m. (03:00GMT) from the town of Almari in southern Lebanon.

The Lebanese army and UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, have begun searching the area, local media said.

It is not clear who was behind the attack. Amos Gilad, head of the Israel's Political-Security Department at the Defense Ministry, told Channel 2 that the rockets were probably fired by a small radical organization in Lebanon, not Hezbollah. The Shiite paramilitary group largely controls southern Lebanon and has fought Israel many times before.

Israel has been under long-ranged rocket fire from Gaza, but this was the first time in recent days rockets were fired at its northern border.

Lerner said it was unclear whether the attack was "symbolic or something more substantial." The incident comes as Israel's offensive on Hamas-ruled Gaza enters its fourth day.

Since the start of Operation Protective Edge on Tuesday, nearly 550 rockets have been fired towards Israel, according to the army spokesperson's unit. Israel's Iron Dome anti-missiles defense system intercepted most of the rockets, however a few rockets managed to evade this shield.

On Friday morning, one such rocket hit a gas station in the southern city of Ashdod, causing a large fire and severely wounding one man, Magen David Adom, Israel's Red Cross, said in a statement.

At noon, sirens wailed across cities in central Israel, as rockets were fired towards Tel Aviv, Hertzelia and the Sharon area in central Israel. No injuries were reported.

In Gaza, Israeli air raids killed on Friday six Palestinians, including a seven-year-old child, bringing the total death toll to at least 95, Palestinian media said. Dozens of them were civilians.

Over the course of the past 24 hours, the Israeli military has targeted about 210 sites in the Gaza Strip, the army Spokesperson' s Unit said.


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Editor: Yamei Wang
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