The Israeli army says it has fired artillery shells into Lebanon after rocket fire was launched from Lebanon into Israel amid rising tensions in the region.
“Three rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory,” the army said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that one had fallen short of the border. “In response … artillery forces fired into Lebanese territory.”
On July 20, two rockets were launched from Lebanon intro Israel, causing no damage or injuries. That incident came hours after a Syrian military official said Israel carried out air attacks near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
In May, rockets were fired from southern Lebanon several times in one week – Israel’s army said the rockets landed in the sea.
On May 14, a Lebanese man was shot and killed by Israeli troops after he and others tried to cross a security fence on the border with Israel while protesting in support of Palestinians marking the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba, what Palestinians call “the catastrophe” that befell them in the war against Israel in 1948.
Israel fought a 2006 war against Iran-backed Hezbollah, which is the dominant force in southern Lebanon and possesses advanced rockets. The border has been mostly quiet since then.
Lebanon has been run by a caretaker administration for nearly a year while its currency has collapsed, jobs have vanished and banks have frozen accounts in what lenders have called one of the most severe financial crises of modern times.