Israel Launches Airstrikes On Lebanon In Response To Rockets

Fields burn following a hit by a rocket fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory, near the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Three rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory Wednesday and the army responded with sustained artillery fire, Israel's military said. There was no immediate information on damages or casualties. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

(AP) — Israel has escalated its response to rockets fired from Lebanon by launching rare airstrikes against that country. In a statement Thursday the army said that jets struck the launch sites from which rockets had been fired over the previous day, as well as an additional target used to attack Israel in the past.

The IDF blamed Lebanon for the shelling. The overnight airstrikes were a marked escalation at a politically sensitive time. Israel’s new eight-party governing coalition is trying to keep peace under a fragile cease fire that ended an 11-day war with Hamas’ militant rulers in Gaza in May.


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