Israel’s Iron Dome intercepts rocket fired from southern Lebanon

A picture taken on November 19, 2012 purportedly shows two 107 mm Grad rockets, which Lebanese military sources said were ready to be fired in the direction of Israel. (AFP)

Israel’s Iron Dome defense system intercepted one of four rockets fired into the north of the country from Lebanon on Thursday, the Israeli army said.

“One rocket was intercepted by Iron Dome,” an army spokeswoman told AFP, without specifying its location or giving any details about the other rockets.

Military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told AP that the others did not land in Israel. He said light damage to a street and vehicle in northern Israel was likely caused from fallout from the rocket-defense system.

Witnesses reported explosions near Israel’s northern border.

“Unknown gunmen fired four rockets from two positions, south and east of Tyre, at Israel,” the source said.

Witnesses reported hearing several blasts near the northern Israeli town of Nahariya.

Israeli police urged residents of the region to remain close to bomb shelters.

Lerner blamed “global jihad” elements of being behind the attack, referring to groups either linked to or inspired by al-Qaeda.

Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, a military spokesman, told AP the firing appeared to be an isolated incident that wouldn’t become a larger confrontation.

 

(With AFP and AFP)
 

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