The Israeli military was carrying out strikes against the site of a rocket launch from Lebanese territory on Thursday.
IDF soldiers arrived at the scene after reports of an explosion adjacent to the border town of Ghajar. It was learned that a projectile was fired from Lebanese territory and had exploded next to the border in Israeli territory.
Arab channels said Palestinian factions, angered by this week’s IDF operation in Jenin, fired the rockets.
The IDF responded with 15 rounds of artillery fire.
Jets were heard overhead in southern Lebanon.
The military correspondent for Israel’s Walla news site reported that “the IDF attacked empty land in southern Lebanon.”
According to Lebanese media reports, the rocket fire emanated from Bastra, located between Kafr Shuba and Al Mari in southern Lebanon.
The IDF Home Front Command did not issue any special instructions for Israelis living close to the frontier.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the rocket fire.
Tensions have been high along the border after the Hezbollah terror group pitched two tents on the Israeli side of the demarcation line. It was reported on Sunday that the group removed one of the tents.
The outpost was set up in early April, north of the border fence but on the Israeli side of the U.N.-marked Blue Line in the Mount Dov region.
The move comes after Jerusalem reportedly sent a message to Hezbollah threatening a confrontation unless the outpost was removed.
Thursday’s rocket launch also comes amid tensions in Judea and Samaria and follows a major counterterror operation in Jenin in the early hours of Monday, including the entry into the Samaria city of significant ground forces.
More than 1,000 IDF troops participated in the two-day raid, in what is believed to be the largest deployment in Judea and Samaria in two decades.
The Israeli military struck Hamas weapons-making facilities in the Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday, in response to a barrage of rockets launched from the Hamas-controlled enclave.
Five rockets were fired into Israeli territory from Gaza, all of which were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air-defense system. Shrapnel from one of the rockets struck a home in Sderot, causing damage.
In April, the Gaza Strip-based Hamas fired 34 rockets from southern Lebanon towards northern Israel, in the biggest attack emanating from the Hezbollah-controlled country since the 2006 war.
Produced in association with Jewish News Syndicate
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