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
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.