Four rockets fired from Lebanon toward Israel; Iron Dome shot down one of them.
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"We are operating on all fronts, in the north and south, in order to protect the citizens of Israel from these attacks,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday in the aftermath of a Katyusha rocket salvo fired at northwestern Israel.
"We are using a variety of measures – of both defense and porevention – and we are operating in a responsible manner. Our policy is clear: to protect and also to prevent.
"Anyone who hurts us, and anyone who tries to hurt us, must know that we will hit him.”
Four rockets were fired from Lebanon Thursday afternoon, with at least one confirmed as having struck in the area of Nahariya.
Several residents have been treated for shock.
IDF reported that bomb shelters in the northern city of Akko (Acre) have been opened for public use, and the IDF is urging residents of the north to remain close to shelters.
The IDF has denied earlier reports from Arabic media that it responded to the rockets with artillery fire.
Lebanese media has been reporting that at least 2 of the rockets were fired from the Ras al-Ain neighborhood of the city of Tyre.
The IDF spokesperson's unit has said it believes the rockets were fired by "global jihad" terrorists - another term for Al Qaeda-linked or inspired Sunni terroristsת as opposed to the Shia Hezbollah terrorist group.
One rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, between Akko and Nahariya, the IDF said. Three others struck in "open areas."
Earlier this month, four IDF soldiers suffered to moderate injuries on the Israel-Lebanon border, when a bomb was set off as they passed.
That attack was later claimed by Hezbollah.
This would not be the first time Sunni Islamist groups affiliated with the "global jihad" or Al Qaeda ideology have fired rockets from Lebanon into Israel.
Arieh Herzog, a former director of the Israeli defense ministry's Missile Defense Administration, warned "this kind of attack could provide (provoke) very serious action from our side."
He stressed, however, that missile defence capabilities were "much better" than they had been during Israel's 2006 war in Lebanon against Iranian Hezbollah.
"We don't have enough (Iron Dome) batteries... to cover each and every city in Israel," he told .
"But there's been a big change since the second Lebanon war. At that time, many rockets fell on the northern part of Israel. Our defences are much better today than in the past."
Iron Dome interception, 22.8.13 Israel news photo: Flash 90
Israeli Aircraft Strike in Lebanon Following Rocket Attack
Israeli aircraft struck a terror target south of Beirut, Lebanon, on Thursday night, said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.
the , a direct hit was identified and all aircraft returned safely to their bases.
The IDF statement said that the airstrike came in response to Thursday afternoon’s attack from Lebanon at northern Israel.
“The IDF sees the Lebanese government as responsible for the rocketattack,” stressed the statement.
Four were fired from Lebanon on Thursday afternoon, with at least one confirmed as having struck in the area of Nahariya.
One rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, between Akko and Nahariya, the IDF said. Three others struck in "open areas." Several residents were treated for shock.
The attack was claimed by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an Al-Qaeda-linked terror group which had claimed similar rocket fire on Israel in 2009 and 2011.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reacted to Thursday’s attack by stressing, "Anyone who hurts us, and anyone who tries to hurt us, must know that we will hit him.”
Lebanon’s president Michel Sleiman condemned the rocket fire from southern Lebanon, saying it was a violation of UNSCR 1701, which brought an end to the Second Lebanon War in 2006, and to Lebanon's sovereignty.
While Sleiman condemned the incident, the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group would not. A Hezbollah MP, Hasan Fadlallah, said his party was sticking to its policy regarding attacks against Israel.
Source Arutz 7
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