Thursday, August 22, 2013

(En - 22 Aug 2013) Rockets fired on northern Israel

Four Grad rockets were fired at northern Israel Thursday afternoon, apparently from Lebanon. According to initial reports, two of the rockets landed in unpopulated areas, causing no injuries.

The Iron Dome missile defense system successfully intercepted two of the rockets. This is the first time that the Iron Dome has intercepted rockets in the north.

Home Front Command ordered residents of the north to be prepared to enter bomb shelters, fearing additional rocket strikes

Two rockets also reportedly fell in Lebanese territory.

Alarms sounded at around 16:30 (local time) in the afternoon in the Western and Eastern Galilee. Residents reported explosions. Alarms sounded in the cities of Nahariya, Acre and Kiryat-Shmona and the surrounding region.

An army spokesman said the incident is under review.

A resident of Kibbutz Evron near Nahariya, told Ynet News that the alarm was activated only after hearing the explosions. "We heard two booms, then the siren went off. We went quickly into the protected area."
Several Lebanese media outlets reported that two rockets were launched at Israel from the Al Kalila region in Tyre district in southern Lebanon. No organization has yet to claim responsibility for the attack, but intelligence experts believe it was an Islamist group not affiliated with Hezbollah.
On Tuesday, Lebanese media sources said an IDF helicopter was spotted flying over southern Lebanon.
Last week, the Iron Dome defense system intercepted a Grad rocket aimed at the southern resort town of Eilat.
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