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Israel retaliates after missiles fired from Lebanon

Israel retaliates after missiles fired from Lebanon

dpa
Tel Aviv
Unknown persons have fired three missiles from Lebanon towards Israel, according to the Israeli army.
Two of them landed in Israel and one hit the ground in Lebanon, the army said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that it had responded with artillery fire towards Lebanon.
There were initially no reports of casualties in Israel.
According to a Lebanese security source, six Israeli shells later landed in Lebanon. There were initially no reports of injuries or damage.
The Israeli army also said there was a missile alert in several locations in the north of the country. Residents were told to go to the shelters, media reported.
According to the report, a fire broke out after the impact of a missile.
Israeli media said the army assumed that Palestinian groups had fired the missiles, but an army spokesperson did not initially want to confirm this.
Just two weeks ago, two rockets were fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel. One was intercepted by the Iron Dome defence system, while the other fell in an open area inside Israel. In response, Israel struck targets in Lebanon.
Israeli army officials said at the time that Palestinian factions in Lebanon might be responsible.
A Lebanese security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, also said a hardline Palestinian group might be behind the launching of the rockets.
The United Nations Interim Forces in Southern Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has peacekeepers monitoring the Israeli-Lebanese situation, said in a statement that at least two rockets had been fired from Lebanon towards Israel.
“UNIFIL remains fully engaged with the parties through our liaison and coordination channels and we are working with the Lebanese Army to ensure immediate follow up on the ground and to reinforce security.” The statement added that an investigation was opened into the incident.
At the beginning of July, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz offered humanitarian aid to the neighbouring crisis-hit country.
At the same time, Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab issued an urgent call for help from the global community to save the country as it struggled with a severe economic crisis.

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