The Israeli military announced that its artillery bombarded southern Lebanon following two rockets being fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory. Israel’s army said in a declaration on Tuesday that aerial defenses intercepted one of the rockets, and the second fell in an open area. No damages or injury were announced.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) held that its radar spotted rockets shot from southern Lebanon towards Israel just before 4 a.m. on Tuesday. Subsequently, Israeli artillery fired towards Lebanon, the UN force said.
Lebanon’s army said Israel fired 12 artillery shells at the Wadi Hammoul area, causing no damage or casualties. The army said its units there had found three launching pads for grad rockets in the al-Qulaylah area, one of them with a rocket prepared for firing that was subsequently disabled by the army’s specialized units.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a statement that Lebanon was responsible for the overnight rocket fire and that “Israel will act against any threat to its sovereignty and its citizens.” Gantz also stated, “We will not allow the social, political and economic crisis in Lebanon to turn into a security threat to Israel.”