Two Rockets Fired From Lebanon Into Northern Israel

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In a sign of increasing tensions on Israel’s northern border, two rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory early Tuesday, the Times of Israel reports.

The rockets caused no casualties, with one being shot down by Iron Dome and the other falling in an open area.

In response, the IDF fired artillery shells at targets within Lebanon.

The IDF believes that the rockets were fired by a Palestinian group, and not the Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah, which effectively controls southern Lebanon.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Lebanon is responsible for the rockets because it “allows terrorists to operate within its territory.”

“Israel will act against any threat to its sovereignty and its citizens, and will respond in accordance to its interests — at the relevant time and place,” he said.

Israel is increasingly concerned that the ongoing economic and political crisis in Lebanon, which is threatening to turn the country into a failed state, could lead to serious escalation on the northern border.

Israel, Gantz said, “will not allow the social, political, and economic crisis in Lebanon to turn into a security threat to Israel.”

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