February 21, 2009

Israel shells Lebanon in response to rockets

Per BBC, a rocked launched by an unknown source from southern Lebanon hit northern Israel and lightly wounded three people, the Israeli army said. The Israeli government retaliated by launching at least six artillery shells according to sources in Lebanon, the article said. It is not yet known whether any injuries were caused.

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora denounced both attacks, calling the Israeli shelling "an unacceptable and unjustified violation of Lebanese sovereignty," according to BBC. He condemned the use of Lebanese territory for launching rockets and said the fire threatens the stability of the region and of U.N. resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel. Hezbollah said it has no knowledge of the attacks, and Al Jazeera reports the group usually claims responsibility when it acts.

This is the third time rockets have been launched from Lebanon since Israel's 22-day offensive against Gaza that left 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead.

The news was met with grim humor and fatigue by some.

@sharagrif (Tel Aviv): Ahhh...rockets from Lebanon... nothing like a little rocket to brighten up a weekend... http://tinyurl.com/cpn4hb

@ltlmsnour (Beiruit): Rockets fired from S. Lebanon onto Israel; Israel retaliates. Glad I'm getting out of this place.

The mother of an Israeli army soldier cheered the country's decision to return fire into Lebanon.

@ASoldiersMother (Jerusalem): rocket hits northern Israel - 3 wounded. More testing from the North. Israel holds Lebanon responsible - a good decision!

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