Israel’s Kiryat Shmona hit by Hamas rockets fired from Lebanon

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Hamas’ armed wing Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades in Lebanon on Thursday fired 12 rockets over the border at the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona, Hamas said in a statement on Telegram.

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The barrage of rockets wounded two people, Israel’s Magen David Adom emergency medical service said.

One of the wounded was “a 25-year-old man in moderate condition who was injured by shrapnel,” the medical service said. Israeli police said officers and firefighters were at the scene.

An AFP photographer saw Israeli emergency crews checking the debris of burnt out vehicles following the strikes in Kiryat Shmona.

The Lebanese section of Hamas’s armed wing said it fired a dozen rockets at the town “in response to the occupation (Israeli) massacres against our people in Gaza.”

Israel has carried out relentless strikes on Gaza since Hamas militants launched a shock attack on border communities and military outposts on October 7.

The Israel-Lebanon border has since seen tit-for-tat exchanges, mainly between Israel and Hezbollah, an ally of the Palestinian group.

On the Lebanese side, 66 people have been killed -- 48 of them Hezbollah fighters but also including seven civilians, one of them a Reuters journalist, according to an AFP tally.

On the Israeli side, nine people have died -- eight soldiers and one civilian, the army says.

With agencies

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