Lebanon a new source of rocket fire at Israel

(JNS.org) The relatively quiet Israeli-Lebanese border became a renewed source of tension on Thursday as four rockets from Lebanon were fired into Israel. One was intercepted the Iron Dome missile defense system, and two landed in the western Galilee region, causing property damage but no injuries.

The Ziad Jarrah Battalion, the Lebanese branch of the Sunni global jihad group Abdullah Azzam Brigades, claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter, and also said it possesses missiles and rockets with the range to reach Haifa.

“The Jewish enemy and Iran’s yes-men, Hezbollah, have conspired to preserve the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad,” said Sheikh Sirajuddin Zurayqat, one of the group’s leaders. “Now Hezbollah’s mission to defend the Jews has been made that much harder.”

The Israel-Lebanon border has been relatively calm since the end of the Second Lebanon War in 2006. In response to the rockets, the Israeli Air Force on Friday struck a Lebanese “terror site located between Beirut and Sidon,” according to the Israel Defense Forces.

“The State of Israel holds the Lebanese government responsible for anything that happens on its soil, and we will respond to any fire or provocation directed at us. We view yesterday’s [rocket] fire into Israel with grave severity, and we will not allow anyone to disrupt the lives of our citizens,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon said.


Posted on August 23, 2013 .