Rockets hit northern Israel

Sunday, June 17, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Northern Israel was struck by two rockets fired from southern Lebanon on Sunday, in the first cross-border aggression since the end of last summer's Second Lebanon War. The rockets slammed into the northern town of Kiryat Shemona, causing damage to roads and a parked car.

A third rocket failed to clear the border and landed near a military base housing UN peacekeepers whose deployment to the area was supposed to end such attacks on the Jewish state.

Lebanon's Hizballah terrorist militia, against which Israel fought the bloody 34-day Second Lebanon War, denied responsibility for the incident, while officials in Beirut pointed to Palestinian militants as the culprits.

Lebanese military forces have for weeks been battling an insurgency by Palestinian groups believed to be allied with Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist network.

Following Sunday's rocket fire, Israel demanded Lebanon and the thousands of UN troops stationed inside the country get control of the situation and prevent further attacks. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he viewed the unprovoked aggression as an attempt by Palestinian elements to further destabilize the region, and insisted Israel would not be drawn into the fray.

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