Israel accused Palestinian teams of firing a barrage of cross-border rockets from Lebanon Thursday, simply over a day after clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians inside Islam’s third-holiest website.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Israel’s enemies would “pay the value”.
Israel’s military stated it had “recognized 34 rockets that have been fired from Lebanese territory into Israeli territory” — the most important escalation alongside the frontier since Israel and Hezbollah fought a 34-day struggle in 2006.
Twenty-five rockets have been intercepted by Israeli air defences, whereas “5 rockets landed in Israeli territory,” added the military assertion. The assault was not instantly claimed by any group.
However Israeli military spokesperson Lt. Colonel Richard Hecht blamed Palestinian teams.
“We all know for certain it is Palestinian fireplace,” he informed reporters. “It may very well be Hamas, it may very well be Islamic Jihad, we’re nonetheless attempting to finalise however it wasn’t Hezbollah.
“We assume Hezbollah knew about it, and Lebanon additionally has some accountability. We’re additionally investigating whether or not Iran was concerned,” he continued.
Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister Najib Mikati stated he rejected any “escalation” from his nation after the rocket assault.
The barrage got here after Israeli police drew widespread condemnation from across the area for clashing early Wednesday with Palestinians inside Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque — Islam’s third-holiest website.
Netanyahu on Thursday stated in a cupboard assembly: “We are going to strike our enemies and they’ll pay the value for any act of aggression.”
Israeli emergency providers reported one man flippantly wounded by shrapnel and a feminine injured whereas operating to a shelter through the assault.
– ‘Extraordinarily severe’ –
Warning sirens sounded within the city of Shlomi and in Moshav Betzet and the Galilee in northern Israel, the military stated.
The United Nations Interim Pressure in Lebanon, which patrols the border space between the 2 international locations which can be technically nonetheless at struggle, urged restraint.
“The present scenario is extraordinarily severe,” stated the power. “UNIFIL urges restraint and to keep away from additional escalation.”
The Israeli army denied to AFP that it had retaliated “up to now”, in response to experiences from Lebanon’s Nationwide Information Company that Israel had struck targets in southern Lebanon.
Based on the Lebanon report, Israeli artillery fired “a number of shells from its positions on the border” in the direction of the outskirts of two villages after the launch of “a number of Katyusha sort rockets” at Israel.
Defence Minister Yoav Gallant “accomplished a scenario evaluation with senior officers in Israel’s defence institution”, after which he instructed “to arrange all of the potential responses to current occasions,” a press release stated.
Inspecting his broken workplace within the city of Shlomi, 46-year-old Shlomi Naaman informed AFP: “I heard the siren, I heard the increase, I used to be in my dwelling, it was very very scary.”
Additionally from Shlomi, Noy Atias, 21, stated: “It is not one thing so particular… that is the truth in Israel.”
“Safety is an important factor in life, nothing else issues,” she stated, accusing political leaders of being preoccupied by “issues that aren’t necessary”.
– Al-Aqsa clashes –
Israeli riot police had on Wednesday stormed the prayer corridor of Al-Aqsa mosque in a pre-dawn raid aiming to dislodge “law-breaking youths and masked agitators” they stated had barricaded themselves inside.
The violence, throughout each the Jewish Passover and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, sparked an change of rockets and air strikes with militants within the Gaza Strip.
The US stated it recognised “Israel’s reliable proper to defend itself in opposition to all types of aggression”, State Division spokesman Vedant Patel informed reporters.
“Our dedication to Israel’s safety is ironclad,” he added.
UN chief Antonio Guterres additionally condemned the rocket fireplace, calling on “all actors to train most restraint”.
France condemned what it referred to as “indiscriminate rocket fireplace concentrating on Israeli territory from Gaza and southern Lebanon”.
Lebanon’s Iran-backed armed motion Hezbollah had warned earlier Thursday it might help “all measures” that Palestinian teams might take in opposition to Israel after the clashes.
“Hezbollah forcefully denounces the assault carried out by the Israeli occupation forces in opposition to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound,” the group stated in a press release.
The Lebanese group has shut ties with the Islamist motion Hamas, which guidelines Gaza, and with the Islamic Jihad militant group, which can be based mostly within the coastal enclave.
The rockets got here a day after Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh arrived in Lebanon for a go to.
Haniyeh late Thursday stated the Palestinians wouldn’t “sit with their arms crossed” within the face of Israeli “aggression” in opposition to Al-Aqsa.
He referred to as in a press release on “all Palestinian organisations to unify their ranks and intensify their resistance in opposition to the Zionist occupation (Israel)”.
The final rocket fired from Lebanon into Israel was in April 2022.
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