Israel shells southern Lebanon after rocket attack

Israel fired back after two Katyusha-type rockets were launched from south Lebanon into Israel on Sunday

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The Israeli military said it shelled unspecified targets in neighboring south Lebanon shortly after cross-border rocket fire hit northern Israel on Sunday.

“The Israel Defence Forces have responded with targeted artillery fire following the rockets that hit Israel earlier today from southern Lebanon,” an English-language army statement said.

Israeli military sources told AFP that one rocket crashed into the Galilee region and the impact of another was heard.

No casualties were reported.

The sources said the military ordered local residents into bomb shelters.
In Lebanon, the national news agency NNA said Israel fired nine rounds of artillery at the south.

This took place after two Katyusha-type rockets were fired from south Lebanon into Israel on Sunday, a Lebanese security source said, and in Israel the army said rockets had hit the north.

The rocket fire from the Hezbollah heartland of south Lebanon followed the killing of Samir Kantar, a militant in the Shiite group notorious for the 1979 murder of three Israelis, including a four-year-old girl.

Hezbollah said the 54-year-old Kantar was killed in an Israeli air strike near the Syrian capital Damascus on Saturday night.

There was no confirmation from Israel that it was responsible for Kantar's killing.

Several rockets were fired from Lebanon in summer 2014 as Israel waged war against the Palestinian Islamic group Hamas in Gaza.

Israeli artillery returned fire.

The border region has otherwise been largely quiet since Hezbollah and Israel fought a devastating war in 2006 that left much of southern Lebanon in ruins.

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