Six rockets were launched from Lebanon towards Israel but had problems and failed to cross the border, but the Israeli army still responded with artillery fire.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on May 17 that these rockets were launched from the Lebanese village of Rashaya Al Foukhar to the south, but all did not cross the border and fell on Lebanese soil.
Although these rockets did not fall on Israeli territory, the IDF still decided to shell the rocket launch site in response. A Lebanese security source said Israeli artillery fired 22 rounds into Lebanese territory.
There have been no reports of casualties or damage following the attacks. However, this development is not considered a sign of opening a new front in the fighting between Israel and Hamas militia in the Gaza Strip.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), tasked with managing the border with Israel, said the situation in the region had returned to “calm” following the mutual ambush. UNIFIL said it increased patrols along the border after that.
This is the second Israeli-Lebanon cross-border raid in the past week. Three rockets on May 13 were launched from Lebanon into Israeli territory, but landed in the Mediterranean Sea and caused no damage or casualties. A source close to the militant group Hezbollah, Israel’s arch-rival, said the group was not involved in the launch.
Protests broke out in Lebanon to protest against the Israeli air force’s air campaign on the Gaza Strip. A Lebanese protester was shot dead last week by Israeli soldiers in the border area, when a group of young people tried to cross the border into the Israeli town of Metulac.
The IDF on May 17 announced that in the past days they “discovered a number of Lebanese suspects” approaching and breaking the security fence at the border. “The IDF considers any attempt to violate Israel’s sovereignty serious and will launch a counter-operation both openly and secretly,” the IDF said in a statement.
Tensions between Israel and Palestine escalated during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, after Israel restricted Palestinians’ access to Jerusalem’s Old City area and threatened to expel many Palestinian families who had lived in East Jerusalem for many years. make room for Jewish settlers.
Israel says Hamas has launched more than 3,000 rockets into its territory in the past week, an unprecedented density of fire. At least 10 Israelis died in rocket attacks by Hamas. The Israeli military also carried out hundreds of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in retaliation, killing a total of 181 Palestinians, including 52 children.
Nguyen Tien (According to the Jerusalem Post, AFP)