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Army finds rocket launch pads in south Lebanon

Lebanese soldiers find rockets that were ready to be launched into Israel, on Friday, July 11, 2014, (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army discovered two launch pads near the border region of Naqoura used late Saturday to fire rockets towards northern Israel, as security forces beefed up measures around the area.

The rocket launchers were found in the area between Dhaira and Teir Harfa in Lebanon's border region of Naqoura, a security source told The Daily Star.

Two rockets fired from south Lebanon targeted Israeli territory, an Army statement said Sunday.

The Israeli army reported that one rocket fired late Saturday from Lebanese territory hit the Upper Galilee in northern Israel.

A UNIFIL statement released Sunday confirmed that a rocket landed in Israel at around 10:30 Saturday night.

The IDF informed UNIFIL that the assault on northern Israel caused “injuries to some civilians and damage to property.”

Israeli media reports said that two children where “lightly injured by shrapnel” as a result of the attack.

"This is entirely unacceptable, and it is regrettable that injuries were caused to civilians" UNIFIL commander Maj. Gen. Luciano Portolano said, strongly condemning the rocket attack as a violation of U.N. Resolution 1701 that ended Lebanon's 2006 war with Israel.

The Daily Star correspondent reported retaliatory fire from Israel overnight, however, neither the Israeli army nor UNIFIL have confirmed any retaliation.

“There have been no reports of Israeli retaliatory fire,” UNIFIL Public Information Officer Antonette Miday told The Daily Star.

Saturday night's rocket fire came just hours before five rockets were launched from Syria into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Speaking in a special Cabinet session in Tel Aviv Sunday, Netanyahu issued a veiled warning over the rocket fire on Israel's northern borders, which comes seven weeks into the Jewish State's assault on the Gaza Strip.

"There is not and will not be any immunity for anyone who fires at Israeli citizens and that is true for every sector and every border," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoting as saying by Agence France Presse.

In mid-July, at least nine rockets were fired from Lebanon at the Jewish state, prompting Israel to retaliate with artillery fire.

Lebanese military officials had at the time said they believed the attacks were carried out by a small Palestinian group in an act of solidarity with Gaza.

More than 2,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in Gaza since Israel launched an assault on the densely populated territory in what it claims is an attempt to disarm Hamas.





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