Bloomberg News

Rockets From Lebanon Hit Israel for First Time Since 2009

November 30, 2011

(Updates with claim of responsibility in second paragraph, Unifil comment in last.)

Nov. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Rockets fired from southern Lebanon struck northern Israel overnight, the first such incident since October 2009, the Israeli army said.

The Sheikh Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a group linked to al- Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the rocket fire, Lebanon’s Daily Star reported.

Israeli forces returned fire at the location where the rockets were launched, the army said in an e-mailed statement. No casualties were reported on either side, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, or Unifil, said on its website.

The Israeli military said it “regards the incident as severe and holds the Lebanese government and army responsible for preventing rocket fire from its territory.”

The rocket firing “does not serve the interest of solidarity with the Palestinian people” and is a violation of Lebanese laws and international obligations, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said today, according to the Daily Star.

Unifil called on Israel and Lebanon “to act with restraint” and said it was increasing its patrols in south Lebanon.

--Editors: Ben Holland, Digby Lidstone.

To contact the reporter on this story: Calev Ben-David in Jerusalem at cbendavid@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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