Residents of northern village shocked from rocket, upset there was no siren warning

Lebanese army released a statement that two rockets were fired from the town of Dhayra, south of Tyre, toward Israel.

August 24, 2014 20:20
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Rocket fired from Lebanon into northern Israel. (photo credit: SHAI VAKNIN/TAZPIT)

The residents of a town in northern Israel struck by a rocket fired from Lebanon suffered shock and complained that no warning siren went off before it struck.

Jamal, a hotel owner, told The Jerusalem Post in an interview on Sunday that the people in the town were deeply affected by the rocket, since no siren went off to warn residents prior to the explosion.

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Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) reported on Sunday that the Lebanese army released a statement that two rockets were fired from the town of Dhayra, 30 km. south of Tyre, towards Israel.

The army found the two launching pads used in the attack.

The NNA reported that an investigation into the rocket fire was underway with UNIFIL’s cooperation.

Last month, terrorists in Lebanon fired into Israel on at least three occasions and in the past a group with links to al-Qaida has claimed rocket attacks.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

The rocket hit a house in the town when its residents were away, said Jamal, adding that the owner of the house served in the IDF.

Jamal said that during the Lebanon war in 2006 many rockets hit the town and that the siren functioned properly.

He noted that since the rocket hit last night there have been lots of cancellations in the tourist town.

“Tourism is suffering,” he said, not only because of the rocket from Lebanon, but due to the ongoing war in Gaza.

“The Gaza war is affecting tourism all over the country,” Jamal added.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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