On Thursday, the Lebanese army announced the discovery and dismantling of missile launchers in southern Lebanon, after several missiles were fired towards Israel from that area.
According to the Israeli military, a total of 34 rockets were launched from Lebanon, five of which landed inside Israel. As a result, someone was injured. 25 missiles were intercepted by the air defenses. Israel accuses Palestinian factions of firing the rockets. There has not been such an escalation on the Israeli-Lebanese front since the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.
They may have been Palestinian attacks, the IDF said Thursday night: “It could be Hamas, it could be Islamic Jihad, and we are still trying to come to a final conclusion on that, but Hezbollah was not the Lebanese Hezbollah.” Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hecht.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant asked the army to “prepare all possible responses” when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his cabinet Thursday night.
The Lebanese army said in a press statement that “several rockets were fired from the vicinity of the towns of Qoli, Zibqin and Maaliyah” in the south of the country towards Israel. It added that it had “discovered and dismantled rocket launchers” containing several rockets ready for launch near the first two sites. The army said the army was patrolling the area in close coordination with the United Nations Interim Peacekeeping Force (UNIFIL).
UNIFIL, which is deployed in southern Lebanon as a buffer between that country and Israel, described the situation as “extremely dangerous” and called in a statement for “restraint and avoiding further escalation”.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking through his spokesperson, condemned the missile launches.
According to the United States, “Israel has the right to defend itself against any form of aggression.” “We strongly reiterate that any unilateral action that threatens the status quo is unacceptable,” said foreign ministry spokesman Vedant Patel.
More rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip
The evacuation of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem for the second night in a row
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