Rockets from Lebanon hit northern Israel

Sunday, September 13, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Terrorist forces operating out of southern Lebanon fired two missiles into northern Israel on Friday afternoon. The missiles both landed in open areas near towns along Israel's northern Mediterranean coast.

Israeli forces fired several artillery shells at the source of the terrorist rocket fire, and Jerusalem filed an official complaint with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev also sent a letter of complaint to the UN Security Council and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Shalev noted that he rocket fire clearly demonstrated the armed presence of Lebanese terrorist forces south of the Litani River, a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, under which Israel agreed to halt its military operations against Hizballah in the summer of 2006.

In addition to bringing an end to the Second Lebanon War, Resolution 1701 also increased UNIFIL's size to 10,000 peacekeepers in order to prevent hostile Lebanese actions against Israel and ensure that Hizballah and other groups were not reestablishing positions in southern Lebanon.

Lebanon's A Nahar daily newspaper later reported that UNIFIL was informed by several different sources of the intent to launch a rocket attack on Israel at least 10 days before it happened. According to the report, UNIFIL passed the information on to the Lebanese Army two days before Friday's attack.

Israeli military and political leaders also said they hold the government of Lebanon responsible for not preventing its citizens from attaching neighboring states.

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