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Israeli army launches artillery towards Lebanon in response to rocket fire

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The Israeli army said it launched artillery fire towards Lebanon on Monday in response to rocket fire from the neighboring country that did not hit the Jewish state.

“Six failed launch attempts were identified from Lebanon that did not cross Israeli territory,” the military said in a statement.

“The artillery forces fired at the sources of the launches.”

A Lebanese military source told AFP that three rockets had been fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel.

“Three Grad-type rockets were fired from the Shebaa Farms area,” not far from the Israeli border, the Lebanese military source said.

“The situation in the region is now calm,” tweeted the UN peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon, which is in contact with the two countries, several hours after the rocket fire.

This is the second time rockets have been launched from Lebanese territory into Israel since hostilities erupted between the Jewish state and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip last week.

Last Thursday, three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon near the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidiyeh towards Israel, a Lebanese military source said. The Israeli army said these rockets landed at sea.

A source close to Israel’s archenemy Hezbollah said the Lebanese Shiite group had no connection to the incident.

Demonstrations have also taken place against Israel’s air campaign on Gaza, with a Lebanese protester killed by Israeli fire last week during a rally in the border area.

It came after a number of young protesters tried to enter the border town of Metula in northern Israel, according to Lebanese state media.

The Israeli army said on Monday it had “spotted a number of Lebanese suspects approaching the security fence” and damaged it in recent days.

“The IDF views any attempt to violate Israel’s sovereignty with great severity and will continue to operate openly and covertly in the region,” he said in a statement.

More than 200 people were killed in the exchange of fire between Israel and armed groups in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave controlled by the Islamist Hamas.

Israel launched airstrikes last Monday in response to Hamas rocket fire towards Jerusalem.

This was in response to the bloody action by the Israeli police in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, as well as the crackdown on protests against Israel’s plan to evict Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in annexed East Jerusalem.

(AFP)