IDF Shells Targets in Lebanon Following Rocket Fire on North

YERUSHALAYIM -
Fire burns at the site of a rocket strike near Kiryat Shmona, close to the border with Lebanon, on Wednesday afternoon. (Courtesy)

Three rockets were fired at northern Israel from Lebanon early Wednesday afternoon, triggering sirens in communities near the border and sending thousands of Israelis scrambling for bomb shelters.

The sirens sounded in Tel Chai, Kiryat Shemona and Kfar Giladi. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, baruch Hashem.

Images from the area showed an apparent impact, where had fire also appeared to have broken out.

The IDF confirmed that there had been a rocket launch from Lebanon and said it was responding artillery fire.

The IDF responded shortly afterwards with tank fire towards the site where the rockets were fired from.

The incident came two days after the IDF said it fired flares along the Lebanese border near Kibbutz Ma’ayan Baruch on Monday evening, following suspicious activity in the area.

The Lebanese border has been mostly quiet since Israel fought a 2006 war against the Hezbollah terror group.

The smoke seen after rockets landed near Kiryat Shemona. (United Hatzalah)

But small Palestinian factions in Lebanon have fired sporadically on Israel in the past, and two rockets were launched at Israel on July 20, causing no damage or injuries. Israel responded to that incident with artillery fire.