Israel shells Lebanon after failed actions toward Israeli territory

Lebanese soldiers stood in Maroun Al-Ras village, near the border with Israel, in southern Lebanon.

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Six shells have been fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel but fell short of crossing the border, the Israeli military said.

In a statement released, it was stated that in response, artillery was fired at “the sources of the attacks” in Lebanon.

An anonymous Lebanese security source said shells were heard being fired from south Lebanon and efforts were being made to identify the location of the launch. The source said about 22 shells were fired by Israeli artillery on Lebanese territory.

There were no reports of casualties or damage, and the shelling did not appear to signal the opening of a new front in Israel’s fighting with Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip.

The Lebanese shelling caused Israeli air raid sirens to sound off near the town of Misgav Am, along Israel’s northern border with Lebanon.

It was the second incident of cross-border fire in the past week. On Thursday, three rockets were launched from Lebanon toward northern Israel but landed in the Mediterranean Sea, causing no damage or casualties.

Israel fought a war against Hezbollah forces during 2006. Hezbollah has a strong grip in southern Lebanon and advanced rockets. Following the ceasefire between Hezbollah and Israel, the Lebanon-Israel border has mostly stayed quiet barring certain escalations with the Iran-backed group.

Recently, many Lebanese civilians have stood in solidarity with the Palestinians, who have been oppressed by the Israeli state in the past month. Among the issues that have escalated tensions include the forced expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem, the prevention of voting procedures in the occupied West Bank, and the aggressive actions of the Israeli police against Palestinian worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Some Lebanese protesters have gathered at the Israeli border in the past days to show solidarity with the Palestinians at the border village of Kafr Kila.

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