Two rockets from Lebanon strike Israel, drawing Israeli retaliation

Smoke rises as observed from Marjayoun, near the border with Israel, Lebanon August 4, 2021.

Smoke rises as observed from Marjayoun, near the border with Israel, Lebanon August 4, 2021. REUTERS/Karamallah Daher

August 4, 2021

By Jeffrey Heller

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Two rockets launched from Lebanon on Wednesday struck Israel, which responded with artillery fire amid heightened regional tensions in excess of an alleged Iranian attack on an oil tanker in the Gulf last week.

Israel’s Magen David Adom nationwide ambulance assistance reported there had been no casualties on the Israeli aspect of the hilly frontier, where the rockets ignited a brush fire.

There was no immediate declare of obligation for the rocket strike, released from an area of south Lebanon beneath the sway of Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrillas.

In a statement, Israel’s military services claimed a few rockets were being fired from Lebanon, with just one falling shorter of the Israeli border and the other individuals placing within Israel. Witnesses in Lebanon also documented that quite a few rockets had been fired at Israel.

“In response, (Israeli) artillery forces attacked Lebanese territory,” the military explained. Some two several hours just after the first shelling, the armed service mentioned its artillery had fired all over again at targets, which it did not discover, along the frontier.

The Lebanese army claimed Israeli retaliatory assaults, which prolonged to numerous villages in south Lebanon, experienced led to a hearth in the town of Rashaya al-Fokh. It was investigating to discover out who had fired the rockets from Lebanon.

The United Nations Interim Pressure in Lebanon explained its Head of Mission and Pressure Commander, Big General Stefano Del Col, was in call with the two get-togethers.

“He urged them to cease hearth and to exercise maximum restraint to avoid further more escalation, in particular on this solemn anniversary,” the statement mentioned, referring to the Beirut port explosion on Aug. 4 past year.

The border has been largely tranquil due to the fact Israel fought a 2006 war against Hezbollah, which has innovative rockets.

But little Palestinian factions in Lebanon have fired sporadically on Israel in the past, and two rockets were launched at Israel on July 20, triggering no harm or injuries. Israel responded to that incident with artillery fire.

The newest border incidents happened soon after an attack last Thursday, which Israel blamed on Iran, on a tanker off the coast of Oman. Two crew members, a Briton and a Romanian, have been killed. Iran has denied any involvement.

Briefing a conference of ambassadors from U.N. Security Council countries to Israel on Wednesday, Defence Minister Benny Gantz mentioned: “It is time for diplomatic, financial and even army deeds (from Iran) – in any other case the assaults will keep on.”

On Tuesday, Britain, Romania and Liberia explained to the United Nations Safety Council it was “highly likely” that Iran used 1 or far more drones to strike the vessel.

The United States and Britain said on Sunday they would operate with their allies to respond to the assault. Israeli Primary Minister Naftali Bennett explained on Tuesday that Israel was retaining open the choice of acting by itself towards Iran if vital.

(Additional reporting by Beirut bureau Editing by Clarence Fernandez, Mark Heinrich, William Maclean)