Rocket fired from Lebanon towards Israel: residents

BEIRUT Sun May 26, 2013 5:56pm EDT

A landscape view of Marjayoun valley in southern Lebanon April 29, 2009. REUTERS/ Jamal Saidi

A landscape view of Marjayoun valley in southern Lebanon April 29, 2009.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - A rocket was fired from south Lebanon towards Israel on Sunday, Lebanese security sources said, and residents of a northern Israeli town reported hearing a blast.

"An explosion was heard. Soldiers are searching the area. The cause is still being investigated," an Israeli military spokeswoman said. A second Israeli military source said the explosion was probably caused by a mortar.

The incident came amid heightened tensions in the region over Syria's civil war. Damascus has said it will respond to Israeli air strikes earlier this month against suspected Iranian missiles in Syria destined for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

The rocket launch could be heard from the Lebanese town of Marjayoun, about 10 km (six miles) from the Israeli border, residents in the Lebanese town said.

Earlier on Sunday, two rockets were fired into a Shi'ite district of southern Beirut after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah pledged his Shi'ite Muslim guerrilla group would fight in Syria until victory for President Bashar al-Assad.

Assad is battling a two-year rebellion in which the United Nations says at least 80,000 people have been killed.

(Reporting by Karamallah Daher in Marjayoun and Maayan Lubell in Jerusalem; editing by Andrew Roche)

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Comments (12)
TheNewWorld wrote:
Israel attacked by one of it’s neighbors? It must be Sunday. No outrage when Israel gets attacked, only when they respond.

May 26, 2013 5:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
React wrote:
I doubt Hezbollah would be so stupid as to open up another front in attacking Israel, but then again……

May 26, 2013 6:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
usagadfly wrote:
The Syrian Government did not attack the Israeli Government. But the Israeli Government attacked multiple Syrian Government installations. So then, where did innocent Israel get an “outrageous” response? It is taking a side, openly, in the Syrian Civil War.

But then I forgot. Israel never “attacks”. It only “responds” and always with “justification” and “in proportion”. Always.

May 26, 2013 6:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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