An Israeli military vehicle patrols the border area as seen from the southern village of Adaisseh, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The three rocket barrages from south Lebanon since Friday may have caused little damage and no casualties in Israel, but they represent the most intense flurry of cross-border rocket fire since the end of the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel.Nevertheless, despite the uptick in rocket fire triggered by the latest Israel-Hamas confrontation in Gaza, the anonymous rocket attacks are unlikely to seriously destabilize the Lebanon-Israel border.Only one of the three 122mm rockets fired reached Israel, exploding harmlessly between Shelomi and Nahariyah.Similarly, in retaliation to the rocket attacks Saturday and Monday, the Israeli army shelled unpopulated wadis between Majdal Zoun, Azzieh, Shamaa, Zibdin and Teir Harfa – nine and 4.5 kilometers distance respectively from the two rocket launch sites.Israel has no wish to become embroiled in a new front any more than Hezbollah which explains the efforts to avoid any possibility of incurring civilian casualties in Lebanon which could drag Hezbollah into an escalation.
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