MARJAYOUN, Lebanon Nov 22 The Lebanese army
disabled a rocket on Thursday which was primed to be fired into
northern Israel and said two others were launched late on
Wednesday but fell short of the border.
An army statement said the incidents all took place near the
southern Lebanese town of Marjayoun, about five km (three miles)
from Israel's northern border.
On Monday the army dismantled two rockets aimed towards
Israel, which fought an eight-day conflict with the Islamist
Hamas movement ruling the Gaza Strip. The two sides agreed a
ceasefire on Wednesday.
Southern Lebanon is a stronghold of the Shi'ite movement
Hezbollah, which fought a 34-day war with Israel six years ago,
as well as several much smaller Palestinian militant groups.
Hezbollah's leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has not threatened
military action against Israel over the Gaza conflict.
Security sources said one of the 107 millimetre rockets
fired on Wednesday fell about 500 metres inside Lebanese
territory and the other landed right on the border. There were
no reports of casualties.
The Israeli-Lebanese border has been largely quiet in recent
years, though rockets were fired over the border last November
and December, with only one casualty reported.
In addition to tensions over the Gaza fighting, there have
been concerns of a spillover of tension from the revolt in Syria
against President Bashar al-Assad, and from a stiffening of
Western sanctions against Iran, Hezbollah's main backer.