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Manwon Lender

Israel conducts first Lebanon strikes in seven years: military

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The Israeli air force said it carried out its first air strikes on neighbouring Lebanon in seven years Thursday following a second day of rocket fire across the border. Earlier today (Thursday), rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory," the air force tweeted. In response... fighter jets struck the launch sites and infrastructure used for terror in Lebanon from which the rockets were launched. An additional target in the area from which rockets have been launched in the past was struck as well."

Israeli aircraft routinely strike Palestinian militant targets in Gaza and suspected Hezbollah or Iranian targets in Syria but it was the first time since 2014 that they had hit targets in Lebanon, the air force confirmed. Lebanon's Al-Manar television, run by powerful Shiite militant group Hezbollah, said Israeli aircraft carried out two strikes at around 12:40 am (2145 GMT) outside the town of Mahmudiya, some seven miles from the border.

Three rockets were fired on Wednesday, two of which reached Israel, striking near the northern town of Kiryat Shmona, where four people were treated for "stress symptoms". The Lebanese army said 92 artillery shells fired by Israel landed in southern Lebanon following the Wednesday rocket fire. Israel has warned repeatedly that it will not allow the power vacuum in Beirut to undermine security on its northern border.

The military said it "views the state of Lebanon as responsible for all actions originating in its territory, and warns against further attempts to harm Israeli civilians and Israel's sovereignty."



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