VIDEO: Rocket fire from Lebanon draws retaliatory Israeli shelling - GulfToday

VIDEO: Rocket fire from Lebanon draws retaliatory Israeli shelling


Smoke rises as seen from Ibl al-Saqi village in southern Lebanon. Reuters

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Dozens of rockets were launched from southern Lebanon towards Israel, while the Israeli army responded with artillery shelling, targeting the sites from which the rockets were launched.

On Friday, a Lebanese security source said that missiles were fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel, while the Lebanese news agency reported "a heavy flight of Israeli warplanes at low altitudes over Hasbaya and Arqoub."

Lebanon’s Hizbollah group said that it fired a barrage of rockets on Israeli positions close to the Lebanese border on Friday.

The attack is in retaliation for Israeli airstrikes on Lebanon a day earlier.

Hizbollah says it rocketed "open fields” near Israeli positions in the disputed Shebaa farms area, with dozens of rockets.

It did not provide further details.

Hizbollah’s Al-Manar TV reported that five rockets were fired from southern Lebanon toward an Israeli army position in the Shebaa Farms area on the edge of the Golan Heights.

The group said in a statement: that at 11:15 am on Friday, in response to the Israeli air raids on open lands in the Al-Jarmaq and Al-Shawakir areas last Thursday night, Hizbollah bombed open lands in the vicinity of Shebaa Farms with dozens of 122 mm rockets.

There were reports that the Israeli defense system had intercepted 10 missiles fired from southern Lebanon.

Israeli army spokesman Avichai Adraee said in his accounts on the communication sites that "more than 10 shells were fired from Lebanon towards Israeli territory, where most of them were intercepted, while the rest of the shells fell in open areas in the Ross Mountain area (Har Dov).

Meanwhile, the Israeli army announced the activation of alerts in several towns in the Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights.

The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, said that rockets fell on the towns of Ein Qinya and Neve Atef, and that local residents in the Golan area were instructed to stay in bomb shelters.

Late on Wednesday, Israeli planes launched strikes at what the army said were missile launch sites in southern Lebanon, in response to the firing of two missiles from Lebanese territory towards Israel earlier on Wednesday.

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