Four rockets fired from southern Lebanon targeted northern Israel on Thursday
afternoon, setting off air-raid sirens in Acre, Nahariya and additional areas in
the Western Galilee and sending frightened local residents fleeing for
Two of the Katyushas crossed the border and landed in Israel,
causing no casualties but some damage.
Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai announced that the Iron Dome rocket defense
system intercepted a third rocket between Acre and Nahariya.
hit Kibbutz Gesher Haziv, damaging a road and vehicles parked on it. Another
projectile landed in a built-up community in the Western Galilee. There were no
injuries in the attack, Magen David Adom paramedics said. Local residents
reported that one rocket fell close to a home in which dozens of Holocaust
Two residents suffered shock and were taken to
Nahariya’s Western Galilee Hospital.
“I heard a weak explosion, and then
in parallel to the siren, I heard a stronger boom,” Keinan Engel, a resident of
Nahariya, told Army Radio. “I went to take cover in a reinforced
No group claimed responsibility, but according to the army’s
initial assessments, global jihad elements in Lebanon, not Hezbollah, fired the
rockets. The IDF did not return fire.
The rockets were fired from just
south of the Lebanese city of Tyre. It was unclear where the fourth rocket
The Home Front Command instructed residents of the North to proceed
as normal, adding that no special safety instructions were in place.
message is part of the IDF’s assessment that the rocket fire was an isolated
incident and did not mark the start of an escalation of violence.
United States called for “restraint” from both Lebanon and Israel.
strongly condemn the firing of rockets from Lebanon toward Israel,” State
Department spokeswoman Dina Badawy told The Jerusalem Post.
“This was a
provocative act that undermines the stability of Lebanon and the security of
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded to Thursday’s rocket
attack from Lebanon by saying Israel was working on all fronts to protect its
“We are deploying a wide range of means, both defensive and
preventative,” he said in a statement. “We are acting responsibly. Anyone who
attacks us, or tries to attack us, should know that we will get him.”
Mordechai Yogev (Bayit Yehudi) urged the government to retaliate for the rocket
fire on the North.
According to Yogev, the government cannot leave the
attack without a response, “because this is the reality that the other side
“The response must be very strong so that the other side has no desire to continue the escalation,” Yogev
The Bayit Yehudi MK, a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and
Defense Committee, pointed out that Hezbollah stockpiled weapons in the seven
years since the Second Lebanon War and has tens of thousands of missiles, which,
he said, could lead to a confrontation to ensure the safety of residents of the
“Syria acted quickly and determinedly through their allies,
Hezbollah, to distract international pressure from the gas attacks and massacres
on children in Damascus,” MK Nachman Shai (Labor) stated. “Israel must act
carefully and responsibly.”
Badawy called the rocket fire a violation of
the Blue Line, as prescribed by UN Security Council Resolution 1701.
State Department could not immediately confirm the source of the rocket fire or
details of the incident, Badawy said.
“We again strongly underscore the
need for Lebanon to exercise full sovereignty over its territory,” she
A UN spokesman said that “UNIFIL [United Nations Interim Force in
Lebanon] is aware of the reports and the mission has sent one of its helicopters
to investigate the incident. The force commander is also in contact with various
parties and has called for restraint.”
The Lebanese Army and UNIFIL are
to launch an investigation into the earlier rocket barrage fired from southern
Lebanon into Israel on Thursday, Lebanon’s Daily Star reported.
to the report, the Lebanese army confirmed the attack in a statement, saying
four Katyusha rockets were fired from Tyre into Israel at 4:50 p.m.
Star quoted anonymous sources as stating UNIFIL inspected the launch sites,
which were cordoned off by Lebanese authorities.
Antoinette Midday said peacekeepers were still in the phase of analysis, adding
that the UN force would contact both the Lebanese and the Israeli sides to
restore calm, the Star reported.
Meanwhile, Lebanese President Michel
Suleiman condemned the rocket fire from south Lebanon, describing the incident
as a violation of Resolution 1701 and Lebanon’s sovereignty.
asked relevant agencies to apprehend those responsible for the attack and refer
them to the judiciary, the Star quoted his office as stating.
the rocket attacks, the Airports Authority announced that all flights into and
out of Haifa airport would be temporarily suspended in light of the latest
developments. The air space over Haifa was expected to reopen on
Friday.Herb Keinon, Maya Shwayder and Jerusalem Post staff contributed
to this report.