Israel-Lebanon Border Heats Up

Sunday, December 29, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff  

Terrorists operating out of southern Lebanon fired four Katyusha missiles at northern Israel early Sunday morning, prompting a fierce military and diplomatic response by the Jewish state.

Two of the Lebanese missiles hit near the northern Israel town of Kiryat Shemona, which is sadly all too used to such violence.

Despite the attack, schools and businesses in Kiryat Shemona opened as usual, even as local residents could hear the Israeli army’s reprisals hitting just over the nearby border.

Israel fired heavy artillery at the source of the missiles, though sources in southern Lebanon said the Israeli shells landed on the outskirts of the towns from which the attacks originated.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the attack was a double war crime, as whoever had fired the missiles had assaulted a civilian population and had done so from under the cover of another civilian population.

Netanyahu went on to insist that Israel would not tolerate cross-border attacks, and that Israel holds the government of Lebanon directly responsible for any violence emanating from its territory.

The United Nations urged restraint from both Lebanon and Israel.

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