Lebanese sources deny rocket fire on Metula

After reports of a rocket explosion in northern Israel, Lebanese official denies attack; UN peacekeepers search for evidence.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 27, 2013 16:57
1 minute read.
IDF soldier looks into Lebanon near Metula

IDF soldier with binoculars 370 . (photo credit: REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Lebanese officials denied witness reports that a rocket was fired from south Lebanon towards Israel overnight Sunday, Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar website reported.

A high-ranking Lebanese military official denied the attack on Monday, telling 'Voice of Lebanon' radio that "no rocket was fired on Israel."

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


According to the Al-Manar report, the official admitted that an explosion had taken place.

UN peacekeepers and security forces are searching a cluster of border villages for evidence of a rocket launch, Lebanon's The Daily Star reported.

The rocket launch could be heard from the Lebanese town of Marjayoun, about 10 km (six miles) from the Israeli border. The IDF Spokesperson said residents of the northern Israeli town of Metula reported hearing an explosion.

A security source told The Daily Star that Lebanese troops were dispatched early Monday morning to the Deir Mimas-Qlaiaa-Burj al-Moulok triangle in an attempt to locate the rocket launch site or remains of the projectile.

The head of the Metula Regional Council, Herzl Boker, told Maariv that residents heard a projectile shriek past falling south of Metula.



"We haven't opened the bomb shelters, but we are ready," he said.

The IDF has launched a search of the area for a potential rocket blast site, though none has been found so far.

Yaakov Lappin and Reuters contributed to this report.

Related Content

idf hebron
August 22, 2014
Palestinians throw Molotov cocktail at IDF checkpoint in Hebron

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, TOVAH LAZAROFF