Israel responds to rocket attack fired from Lebanon

Tension rises between Israel, Lebanon as mortar shells fired by Israeli Army strike Lebanese territory in retaliation for previous attack

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

People seen gathering at the site of a reported Israeli air raid that killed a senior Lebanese Hezbollah militant Samir Qantar in Jaramana, southeast of the Syrian capital Damascus on 20, December, 2015

Israel on Sunday fired mortar shells at uninhabited areas of Lebanon's south in retaliation to a cross-border attack carried out from Lebanon which hit northern Israel.

Hours before the attack, "Two Katyusha rockets were fired from a Lebanese village five kilometres (three miles) from the border with Israel," a Lebanese security source told AFP.

The Israeli military responded to the attack with artillery fire.

"The Israel Defence Forces have responded with targeted artillery fire following the rockets that hit Israel earlier today from southern Lebanon," an army statement said.

There were no casualties reported in the attacks from both sides.

Lebanon's rocket fire came after wanted Lebanese Hezbollah militant Samir Qantar was killed in a suspected Israeli air strike that hit a building in the Damascus district of Jaramana.

Iranian-backed Shiite militia Hezbollah said Qantar, born in 1962, was killed by an Israeli air raid on a residential district but gave no further details. It is still unclear what role Qantar played in the Syrian conflict.

Hezbollah's official media reported that Qantar would be buried on Monday in its main stronghold of Dahiya in the southern suburbs of Beirut.

TRTWorld and agencies