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Rockets aimed at Israel found in S. Lebanon

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Lebanese soldiers dismantled four rockets in southern Lebanon aimed at Israel the day after a Katyusha fired from the same area struck northern Israel.

The rockets were found Wednesday resting on wooden launchers with timing devices set to detonate, Reuters reported. Reportedly they were placed in a house under construction that is owned by the mayor of Hula, the same village where Israeli spy equipment reportedly was found and destroyed earlier this month. 

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations filed a complaint Wednesday with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over Tuesday’s rocket attack. The complaint also expressed alarm over the rise in hostile activity on Israel’s northern border.

On Tuesday evening, a Katyusha rocket fired from southern Lebanon landed near Kiryat Shemona, setting fire to an empty field. The attack did not cause any injuries or damage, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The IDF said it responded with artillery fire at the source of the launch. 

It was the ninth rocket to strike Israel from Lebanon since the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Two Katyushas struck northern Israel last month.

The rocket struck several hours after Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited the area, where he spoke about the nine years of calm on the northern border, interrupted only by the monthlong war in 2006.
 

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