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Israel shells Lebanon after rocket attack

© Photo: AFP (file photo)

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-12-29

Two rockets fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel on Sunday, prompting the Israeli military to respond with artillery fire across the border, officials said.

Lebanese state media reported that over 20 Israeli tank shells hit the mountainous area of Rachaya without causing any casualties.

An Israeli military spokesman told AFP that the artillery fire had targeted the area the rockets were launched from.

The two Katyusha-style rockets fired from Lebanon landed in a field west of the northern Israeli town of Kyriat Shmona, but caused no casualties or damage, Israeli military radio reported.

The Israel-Lebanon border has remained mostly quiet since a month-long war in the summer of 2006 between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.

But there have been sporadic outbursts of violence and tensions spiked earlier this month when a Lebanese army sniper killed an Israeli soldier across the border, after which a UN peacekeeping force met both sides to restore calm.

The most serious incident in recent years came in 2010 when a high-ranking Israeli officer was killed by Lebanese forces.

Israel responded with artillery fire that killed two Lebanese soldiers and a journalist.

Another four Israeli soldiers were wounded by an explosion some 400 metres inside Lebanese territory in August this year, in a blast claimed by Hezbollah.

Earlier this month, Hezbollah said one of its top leaders was killed near Beirut and blamed Israel for his murder – a charge denied by Israel, which warned against any retaliation.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

Date created : 2013-12-29


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