JERUSALEM: Israel shelled Lebanon early Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in response to earlier rocket assaults, the Israeli military mentioned, because the United Nations urged all sides to indicate “most restraint.”
The Israeli military mentioned “two rockets have been fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory,” with one intercepted by air defences whereas the opposite struck open floor.
“In response, a short time in the past (Israeli) artillery struck in Lebanese territory,” the military mentioned.
A Lebanese safety supply advised AFP the rockets have been fired at Israel from the Qlaileh space of southern Lebanon, the place a 3rd rocket was additionally discovered.
The supply mentioned the Lebanese military had not recognized the group accountable for the launch.
The UN peacekeeping drive within the border area, UNIFIL, mentioned it had boosted safety within the space and “launched an investigation” in collaboration with the Lebanese navy.
“UNIFIL is in direct contact with the events to induce most restraint and keep away from additional escalation,” it mentioned in a press release.
The final time rockets have been fired from Lebanon into Israel was in Could, throughout an 11-day battle between Israel and Palestinian armed teams within the Gaza Strip.
In current weeks, Israeli safety officers have expressed rising concern over the deepening financial disaster in Lebanon and its ramifications for border safety.
Defence Minister Benny Gantz tweeted: “The state of Lebanon is accountable for the rockets fired in a single day, because it permits terrorists to function inside its territory.
“We won’t enable the social, political and financial disaster in Lebanon to show right into a safety menace to Israel. I name on the worldwide group to take motion to revive stability in Lebanon,” Gantz mentioned.