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Sirens sound after rockets launched towards Israel from Lebanon

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Sirens sounded in northern Israel after three rockets were launched from Lebanon towards the area, an Al Arabiya correspondent said on Wednesday.

Two rockets fell in the Israeli city of Kiryat Shmona, while one of the rockets fell in Lebanon, the correspondent added.

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The military said in a statement the alerts sounded in at least three communities near the border with Lebanon.

Israel reportedly responded with artillery fire after its Iron Dome defense system intercepted one of the rockets, according to Israeli Channel 12.The other rocket exploded in open air.

“Three rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory,” the army said in a statement, adding that “in response... artillery forces fired into Lebanese territory.”

No restrictions were imposed on civilians in the area, the army said.

The head of civilian security in the northern Galilee region told local media that the rockets hit in peak tourism season.

“This was a surprise to us, but not something we didn’t think could happen,” Asaf Langleben said.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz had been “briefed” on developments and were overseeing Israel’s response.

The Al Arabiya correspondent said that fire was seen in the Israeli city, and authorities quickly rushed to the scene.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

(With Agencies)

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