Sunday, June 17, 2007

Breaking News: Palestinian Group Fires Rockets From Lebanon Into Israel

Update: Lebanese Army Uncovers Rocket Primed for Firing

Sources in Lebanon have revealed that the Lebanese Army has defused a 107 mm rocket primed for firing at Israel. The rockets were found in the same area as others launched at Israel today. Earlier reports had suggested that these rockets had been fired at the border town of Metulla, those reports have now been revoked.

The Lebanese Broadcasting Corp. reported that the Lebanese Army is in pursuit of a white mercedes suspected of carrying militants responsible for the first attack. News reports indicate that the perpetrators have attempted to flee into fields and orchards in the area.

Reporting on statements made by officials close to Israel's PM, the Jerusalem Post reports:

Israel will show restraint in its response to a rocket attack on northern Israel, an official traveling with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday.

"This is an attempt to provoke Israel into a response," the official said. "Israel will not succumb to this provocation but will monitor the situation carefully."

Sources in Lebanon also reported Israeli tank fire into the Shebaa Farms region. The shelling targeted uninhabited areas.


Rockets Hit Kiryat Shmona

Ha'aretz reports:

"There were four or five rockets fired into northern Israel," the security source said. According to Channel 10, some of the rockets fell inside Lebanese territory, including one that struck next to a UNIFIL base in the area.

Kiryat Shmona Mayor Haim Barbivai called for a tough response from both Israel and the Lebanese government.

The Jerusalem Post writes:

The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) reported that the rockets were launched by a Palestinian group, while Lebanese television said that the rockets were fired from the Lebanese village of Taibeh.

UNIFIL and LAF troops set up checkpoints throughout southern Lebanon in an attempt to capture the perpetarators of the attack, Channel 2 reported.

Lebanese news website, Libnanews, described the area from which the rockets as being a "Palestinian controlled-area" between Kfar Kila and Aadasieh, in the Marjayoun district.

Palestinian groups operating in the area from which the rocket launches took place are known to have strong links (training, intelligence, supply, funding, and instructions) with Syrian intelligence agencies. One such group, the PFLP-GC maintains two bases in Lebanon, outside the Palestinian camps to which most other groups limit their activities., the official website of the FPM, quotes local residents of the area from which the rockets were fired as describing the vehicle in which perpetrators got away in as being of a Japanese make. Meanwhile news services in Lebanon have reported that security services are looking for two cars matching descriptions given to them by local residents.

Hizballah has denied any involvement in the incident.

In Israel no injuries were reported as a result of the attack as one rocket landed in an industrial zone of the city [of Kiryat Shmona] and another hit an open field. There has been no general alarm sounded and residents have not been requested to enter their bomb shelters.


  1. How do we know they were Palestinian?

    All White Mercedeses belong to Palestinians?

    Shouldn't we wait for the usual useless investigation that gets opened and never resolved?

  2. this is serious stuff..

    extremely strong sense of deja vu.. we had this going for six years the last time..

    now is the time for us to all voice our concerns and wishes..

    i dont want another war..

    i thank the lebanese army for doing its best to stop this from recurring.. i hope they are not shy about their efforts..

    i dont want my government to "need" to partake in the effort..

    wishing us a calm and peaceful summer.. or at least as peaceful as our region can get..


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