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Third round of rockets from south Lebanon

A property is damaged after a rocket fired by militants in south Lebanon on Saturday hit a village near Nahariya in Northern Israel, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

BEIRUT/OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Rockets were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon Monday, drawing retaliatory artillery fire from Israeli forces, Lebanese security officials and the Israeli army said, in the third such rocket attack from Lebanon since Friday.

An Israeli police spokeswoman said there was no immediate word of damage or casualties from the rocket fire.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The attacks from Lebanon have coincided with an Israeli offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip which Palestinian officials say has killed at least 160 people.

Palestinian groups have fired hundreds of rockets into Israel from Gaza during the latest hostilities.

Israeli military spokesman Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz linked the Lebanon rockets to the Gaza fighting.

"Some on the other side are trying to heat up the border. We were not surprised by it, we prepared for it, we knew the Gaza fighting could affect other areas too," he told Army Radio.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the three incidents across the Lebanese-Israeli frontier since Friday.

The Lebanese national news agency said two rockets had been fired just after midnight in the latest salvo from Lebanon.

The Israeli military said several rockets had been fired from Lebanon at western Galilee, one hitting an open area.

"No injuries reported thus far. The IDF ( Israel army) immediately responded with artillery fire toward the source of the fire," the military said in a statement.

A witness in Lebanon heard at least five explosions on the Lebanese side of the border, apparently caused by Israeli shelling.

The Lebanese security forces on Friday arrested a man suspected of launching the rockets fired in the first of the three attacks. He was Lebanese and a member of "fundamentalist groups," the report said, without naming the groups.

Last August, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an organization linked to Al-Qaeda, claimed a rocket barrage from Lebanon.

Hamas earlier denied a claim that it was behind a rocket attack from Lebanon Saturday. Hamas officials in Lebanon said the group had nothing to do with a statement issued in the name of its armed wing claiming responsibility for that attack.

 

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Summary

Rockets were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon Monday, drawing retaliatory artillery fire from Israeli forces, Lebanese security officials and the Israeli army said, in the third such rocket attack from Lebanon since Friday.

An Israeli police spokeswoman said there was no immediate word of damage or casualties from the rocket fire.

The attacks from Lebanon have coincided with an Israeli offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip which Palestinian officials say has killed at least 160 people.

Gen. Motti Almoz linked the Lebanon rockets to the Gaza fighting.

Hamas earlier denied a claim that it was behind a rocket attack from Lebanon Saturday.


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