Four rockets were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon on Wednesday in the third such attack in less than a week — and the Israeli military shelled the source of the launches with an artillery barrage.
No injuries or damage were directly caused by the attack, though two Israelis were lightly hurt when they fell while running to bomb shelters, the Times of Israel reported.
One of the rockets was shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system. A second landed in an open field near the Arab-Israeli town of Shfaram, and two landed out at sea, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
The IDF said its artillery struck “a number of targets in Lebanese territory” in response to the attack.
Lebanese media outlets reported that the rockets were fired from the village of Seddiqine, near the city of Tyre, about 25 miles from Israel’s northern coast.
The IDF has blamed the previous two rocket attacks from Lebanon on Palestinian factions in the country, not the Hezbollah terror group, though the Times of Israel noted that it is unlikely that militants in the country could fire four such rockets without at least the tacit approval of the Iran-backed militia.
On Monday, six shells were launched from Lebanon toward northern Israel but fell short of the border, drawing retaliatory Israeli artillery fire, Reuters reported.
On Thursday, three rockets fired from Lebanon fell in the Mediterranean Sea.
In 2006, Israel fought a war against Hezbollah guerrillas who have access to advanced rockets.