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Israel fires artillery shells on Lebanon territory after rocket launch

Israeli soldiers fire artillery shells towards the Gaza Strip from their position along the occupied territories' border with the Palestinian enclave on May 19, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Amid Israeli bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip, the Lebanese territory has also been targeted by Israeli artillery shells after rockets were launched from southern Lebanon towards the occupied territories.

Lebanese media outlets said the rockets were fired from the village of Seddiqine in southern Lebanon on Wednesday.

Avichay Adraee, a spokesman for the Israeli military, said in a post on Twitter that four rockets had been fired from Lebanon, claiming that one was intercepted by Israel’s missile systems, another landed in an open area and two others fell in the sea.

There were no reports of casualties or damage.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld also said in a similar post that no injuries were reported after rockets were “fired from Lebanon into Israel,” confirming that one rocket had landed in an open area.

Media reports said the rockets targeted the cities of Acre and Haifa, and that rocket sirens were heard in the northern part of the occupied territories.

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) posted a statement on Twitter, saying that its head, Stefano Del Col, was in contact with the parties to the conflict, “urging all sides to exercise maximum restraint at this critical time.”

“The firing has now stopped,” the mission said in another tweet.

Lebanon’s al-Jadeed TV station published a video showing the moment the rockets were fired.

The incident is the third of its kind in about a week.

The Israeli military on Tuesday said it was not Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah that had fired rockets into Israel the day before, but rather a small Palestinian faction.


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