The IDF fired at Lebanese targets just after midnight on Tuesday after the firing of three rockets into northern Israel.
Three rockets fired from Lebanon were located in Israeli communities near the Lebanese border in the Western Galilee. No injuries were reported. Police are searching for a possible fourth rocket. The rockets are believed to have been Katyushas.
Katyusha Lands in Israel, Oct. 2009. Hamad Almakt/Flash90
Two of the rockets landed in Netua, a small Moshav of 250 people. A chicken coop and propane gas tank were damaged.
Another rocket has been confirmed in Biranit, with no damage reported.
Police conducted searches for a fourth rocket in the woods near Kfar Vradim, a town of approximately 6,000 people 14 kilometers from the border with Lebanon, where residents reported hearing an explosion.
The IDF Northern Command has gone on full alert.
IDF spokespersons said the IDF considers the incident severe, and holds the Lebanese government responsible for not preventing the attacks. The IDF said in a statement that it views the rocket attacks as a severe incident and it holds the Lebanese government and the Lebanese military responsible for preventing such actions. Israel will file a complaint with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which was charged by the UN under Resolution 1701 with monitoring the border in order to prevent hostilities between Israel and Lebanon. Under the resolution, UN troops which stood at 2,000 prior to the 2006 war were increased to a maximum of 15,000.
Army Radio reported this as the eight rocket attack on the North since Israel’s war with Hizbullah in 2006. IDF officials believe the attacks were all conducted by Al-Qaida or Palestinian terror groups.