Rocket sirens were heard in several communities in northern Israel, near the border with Lebanon.
The Israeli army says it fired artillery shells into Lebanon after rocket fire was launched from Lebanon into Israel amid rising tensions in the region.
“Three rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory,” the military said in a statement Wednesday, adding that one rocket fell within the border. “In response…artillery forces fired into Lebanese territory.”
Israel’s Channel 12 TV reported that one rocket exploded in an open area and another was intercepted by Israel’s defense system, known as the Iron Dome.
Witnesses in Lebanon also reported that several rockets were fired at Israel.
Israeli medics handed out footage of a bushfire and said they treated four people with “stress symptoms”. It was not immediately clear whether Lebanon had any casualties.
Sirens warning of a rocket attack sounded in several Israeli communities, including the town of Kiryat Shmona, near the Lebanese border.
The Israeli army said it had not imposed any restrictions on civilians in the northern areas.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he and Defense Minister Benny Gantz had been “briefed” on the developments and were overseeing the response.
The exchange of fire comes days after Israel joined other states in accusing Iran of being behind an apparent drone attack on an Israeli-linked tanker off the coast of Israel. Oman, who killed two crew members and hinted at possible retaliation.
Iran denied the allegation and warned it would “respond to any possible adventurism”.
On July 20, two rockets were launched from Lebanon towards Israel, causing no damage or injuries. The incident came hours after a Syrian military official said Israel had carried out airstrikes near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
In May, rockets were fired from southern Lebanon several times in a week – the Israeli army said the rockets landed in the sea.
On May 14, a Lebanese man was shot dead by Israeli soldiers after he and others tried to break through a security barrier on the border with Israel while demonstrating in support of the Palestinians marking the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba, what the Palestinians call “the catastrophe”. happened to them during the war against Israel in 1948.
Israel fought a war in 2006 against Iran-backed Hezbollah, which is the dominant force in southern Lebanon and has advanced rockets. The border has been pretty quiet since then.
Lebanon has been ruled by an interim administration for nearly a year as its currency crashed, jobs disappeared and banks froze accounts in what lenders have called one of the world’s deepest financial crises. serious modern times.