Northern Israel On High Alert As Rocket Warning Sirens Blare Amid Security Concerns
Rocket warning sirens sounded in communities near the Lebanese border on Tuesday afternoon.
“An alert was activated in Shlomi and several localities in the northern region, the details are under investigation,” the Israel Defense Forces wrote in a post on X (formerly Twitter).
According to the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen channel, 12 rockets were launched at Israel from southern Lebanon. Reuters cited a Lebanese security source as saying that Palestinian terror groups were responsible for the rocket attacks.
The Magen David Adom emergency medical service said it did not receive calls about casualties.
On Monday, a senior IDF officer and two soldiers were killed during a firefight with terrorists who infiltrated Israel from southern Lebanon.
Five additional Israeli troops were wounded in the attack, according to the IDF.
The officer was identified as Lt. Col. Alim Abdullah, deputy commander of the 300th “Bar’am” (Territorial) Infantry Brigade, part of the Galilee Division. Abdullah, 40, hailed from the Druze village of Yanuh-Jat in the Western Galilee.
“The IDF sends its heartfelt condolences to his family and will continue to support them,” the military said.
Israeli forces killed two of the terrorists. Local media initially reported that three were killed, but the IDF clarified on Tuesday that the third terrorist fled back into Lebanon.
Following the incident, Israeli helicopter gunships struck targets in Southern Lebanon as residents near the border fence were instructed to remain in their homes, with their doors locked and lights out.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Al-Quds Brigades, in a statement posted on Telegram, claimed responsibility for the cross-border attack. It claimed seven “Zionist soldiers” had been wounded.
An official in the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group cited by Reuters had denied the organization’s involvement in the incident. A Lebanese security official told the wire service that the cell belonged to Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Earlier on Monday, a mortar shell from Lebanon hit an open area, also in the Upper Galilee but further east, the IDF said.
Sirens sounded in Moshav Ramot Naftali and Kibbutz Yiftah, south of Kiryat Shmona and near Lebanon, the army said.
On Monday night, several additional rockets were fired from Lebanon at Israel, causing no damage.
The IDF said that no one was injured in that attack.
On Sunday, IDF artillery hit targets in Southern Lebanon after Hezbollah terrorists there fired mortars at the Jewish state. The military confirmed that there were no Israeli casualties.
The enemy shells hit in the contested Mount Dov region close to the Blue Line, which demarcates the 120-kilometer (75-mile) border and was created in 2000 by U.N. cartographers to verify Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon.
Hezbollah claimed responsibility for Sunday’s fire, saying it targeted three Israeli military sites in solidarity with the “Palestinian resistance.”
Produced in association with Jewish News Syndicate
(Additional reporting provided by JNS Reporter)
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