IDF fires on targets in Lebanon – The Australian Jewish News

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The Israel Defense Forces said early Monday they had attacked targets in Lebanon after a rocket was fired at Israel earlier in the night.

“IDF artillery is now attacking targets in Lebanon and firing at the launch area in retaliation for the missile fired into Israeli territory,” the IDF said in a first statement.

It later said it hit the launch area with dozens of artillery shells and “an infrastructure target” without further explanation.

The missile, which was fired at Israel from Lebanon, landed in an open area near Kibbutz Matzuva, near the border, without causing damage or injury.

Hezbollah-affiliated media in Lebanon also reported that a rocket was fired at Israel from an area between the cities of Qlaileh and Maaliyeh, southeast of Tyre.

No missile warning sirens sounded in Israel and the military said the alert level in the region remains “normal”.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage in Lebanon, and no liability claims.

“It is estimated that these are Palestinian factions and that this is related to the Ramadan period and the events on the Temple Mount,” IDF spokesman Ran Kochav told public radio Kan.

The incident comes amid rising tensions over clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and renewed rocket fire from Gaza into Israel.

Israeli security forces braced for the possibility of a flare-up with the Gaza Strip following repeated incidents of rocket fire over the past week.

Security agency Shin Bet also said Monday that it recently thwarted an attempt by the Gaza-based Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad to recruit West Bank residents to attack Israeli targets.

In addition, on Monday morning, Israeli security forces arrested a Palestinian suspected of smuggling arms from Jordan to the West Bank.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old Palestinian man was killed overnight in clashes with Israeli forces near Jericho on Tuesday, Palestinian officials said.

Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians have soared in recent months amid repeated terrorist attacks in Israeli cities that have left 14 dead.

During the same period, 25 Palestinians were killed across the West Bank, many of whom carried out or attempted to carry out attacks as Israel stepped up operations in response to the terrorist attacks.

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