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Rockets are fired into northern Israel from Lebanon

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 00:43

Aug. 22 - Residents seek shelter after several rockets were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon. One was intercepted by an anti-missile shield. No one was killed. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Several rockets were fired into Northern Israel from southern Lebanon on Thursday (August 22), but one was intercepted by an anti-missile shield and two or three others fell outside Israeli territory, the Israeli military said. Israel blamed the attack - launched from an area that serves as a stronghold for Hezbollah in Lebanon - on a "global jihadi organisation," its term for al Qaeda and other Islamist militant offshoots. There were no reports of casualties in Gesher HaZiv, Israel, but Israeli television showed at least one car damaged by remnants of the rocket that was shot down. It was the first such incident since May. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Thursday's rocket fire, and the Israeli army said it had not shot back across the border. Hezbollah, a Shi'ite Muslim movement, fought a war in 2006 against Israel. It is now heavily engaged in the civil war in neighboring Syria, battling alongside President Bashar al-Assad's forces against mainly Sunni Muslims, including Al Qaeda loyalists. The Israeli military said initial information showed that three or four rockets were launched, and that the "Iron Dome" anti-missile system had destroyed one of them between the Israeli coastal towns of Acre and Nahariya. The military said in a statement that the remaining rockets fell "outside of Israeli territory." Israeli leaders have voiced concern that jihadi militants in Syria could eventually turn their guns against Israel, or that Hezbollah might fire into Israel to deflect criticism from much of the Sunni Arab world for its potent support for Assad.

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Rockets are fired into northern Israel from Lebanon

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 00:43