Lebanese rockets hit northern Israel early Sunday morning. No one was injured in the fusillade, but Israel did retaliate with some rocket firings of their own.
People living in the small, northern Israel town of Kiryat Shmona woke up to two large explosions according to an Israeli police spokesman. While no injuries or damages were caused by the rocket fire, the Israeli military did admit to responding with artillery fired at the location pinpointed by Israeli spotters as the origin of the launch.
“We will not allow incidents such as those of this morning to pass quietly,” he said in a statement. “I would not recommend to anyone to test our patience and our determination to protect the security of the people of Israel,” said Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.
The region along the border has been mostly silent since a 30-day war during 2006 when Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon fought it out. While there have been occasional flashes of violence over the past few months, the most recent was earlier this month when a Lebanese sniper killed an Israeli soldier.
Sunday’s rocket attack follows a Friday car bombing in a upper-class commercial district behind the government house and above the waterfront of Beirut.
The car bombing also killed former finance minister Mohamad Chatah and his driver. In total five people were killed and 70 wounded in the explosion.
Lebanon has seen other bombings during the Lebanese fall as tensions from Syria’s civil war spill over across its borders.
There has yet to be a claim of responsibility for Sunday’s rocket attack.
By Jerry Nelson