Firefighter carries remains of Katyusha rocket 311 (R).
(photo credit:baz ratner/reuters)
The IDF is considering the possibility that Hezbollah purposely turned a blind
eye to Tuesday’s Katyusha rocket attacks from Lebanon in a bid to warn Israel of
the potential repercussions of military action against Iran.
after midnight, four 122-millimeter rockets were fired from southern Lebanon,
just north of the border, and landed in the Western Galilee. No one was hurt but
the rockets caused extensive damage to a chicken coop and a propane gas tank,
which went up in flames. IDF artillery responded by pounding the launch
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Lebanese security sources confirmed that four rockets were fired
into Israel from an area between the villages of Aita Shaab and Rumaysh, about 2
km. from the border.
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IDF sources said Hezbollah did not appear to be
behind the attacks and that the Islamist group was not believed to be interested
right now in a large-scale conflict with Israel. Responsibility for previous
rocket attacks from Lebanon – the last was in 2009 – was claimed by radical
Palestinian terror groups.
The IDF filed a complaint with the United
Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, which launched an investigation into the
attack. The UN force called for restraint from both sides.
“This is a
serious incident in violation of UN Council Security Resolution 1701 and is
clearly directed at undermining stability in the area,” a UNIFIL statement
The IDF said it held the Lebanese government responsible for the
attacks and that it needed to take action to prevent future rocket fire. Home
Front Defense Minister Matan Vilna’i said that “the Lebanese government is
responsible for everything that happens in Lebanon and everything that leaves
Hezbollah is believed to be on edge due to the potential
impact the downfall of Syrian President Bashar Assad would have on its standing
It is also believed to be storing some of its advanced
weaponry in Syria, and is concerned that these arms and systems could be lost if
Assad falls and anarchy breaks out there.
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