The Israel Air Force bombed a Palestinian terrorist target in Lebanon overnight
Friday, in retaliation for rocket attacks on the western Galilee the previous
The site that was bombed belongs to the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine – General Command, and is located near the town of
Na’ameh, 7 km. south of Beirut. No on was injured in the strike.
hours after terrorists – said by the IDF to belong to a radical Sunni
al-Qaida-affiliated group – fired four projectiles at northern Israel, setting
off air raid sirens and causing damage to a residential street where one rocket
IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai said on Friday, “The
echoes of the [IAF] blasts could be heard in Beirut.
The strike forms a
clear message by the IDF and Israel to decision-makers in Lebanon whom we see as
responsible for yesterday’s rocket attack.”
Army officials stressed that
the attack was designed to reinforce Israeli deterrence, and to drive home the
message that Israel will respond to any attack on its civilians.
described the air strike as a statement to the nation’s enemies. The
PFLP-GC threatened to retaliate “where and when it sees fit.”
told Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television channel that the left-wing, nationalist
PFLP-GC was surprised by the Israeli action, since the IDF blamed Sunni
Islamists for Thursday’s rockets.
Israel said it holds the Lebanese
government responsible for the rocket attacks on Thursday, even though a Sunni
group called the Abdallah al-Azzam Brigades claimed
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon held an assessment with
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.- Gen. Benny Gantz on Friday, and said afterward that the
Lebanese government is responsible for what occurs in its
Israel will not accept any attack or provocation against
it, Ya’alon said.
“We take a grave view of the rocket fire yesterday at
Israel, and we will not allow anyone to disrupt the lives of our
citizens. We’re acting responsibly and with judgment to safeguard the
security of the state and of Israeli citizens,” he said.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned the rocket fire from
Ban urged “all concerned to exercise maximum restraint, and
cooperate with UNIFIL in order to prevent an escalation,” a statement released
by his office said.
A Lebanese security source said the Israeli air
strike targeted a network of tunnels used by the PFLP-GC in hills overlooking
the Mediterranean coast. The IAF rocket left a 5- meter crater, he said.
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