The Lebanese military says Israel fired 12 artillery shells in the Wadi Hammoul area, causing no damage or casualties.
The Israeli army said its artillery opened fire on southern Lebanon after two rockets were fired from Lebanon.
Israel’s military said in a statement on Tuesday that air defenses intercepted one rocket, and another fell in an open area. No injury or damage was reported.
The United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, said its radar detected rockets fired toward Israel from southern Lebanon just before 4 a.m. (01:00 GMT) on Tuesday. Following this, Israeli artillery fired toward Lebanon, the UN force said.
The Lebanese military said Israel fired 12 artillery shells in the Wadi Hammoul area, causing no damage or casualties. The army said its units have found three launching pads to grade rockets in the Al-Qulaila area, one of them with rockets ready to fire, which was later defused by special army units.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a statement that Lebanon was responsible for the rocket fire overnight and that “Israel will take action against any threat to its sovereignty and its citizens”.
“We will not allow the social, political and economic crisis in Lebanon to turn into a security threat to Israel,” Gantz said.
The state of Lebanon is responsible for the rockets fired overnight, as it allows terrorists to operate in its territory. Israel will act against any threats to its sovereignty and its citizens, and will respond at the relevant time and place – in accordance with its interests.
— Benny Gantz — Benny Gantz (@gantzbe) 20 July 2021
Lebanon is grappling with an unprecedented crisis, including an economic downturn that has raised concerns about an increase in violence there.
UNIFIL said it was in contact with military officials in Lebanon and Israel to “urge maximum restraint” to avoid further escalation. The mission said that both peacekeepers and the Lebanese army increased security in the area and launched an investigation.
Rockets were fired several times a week from southern Lebanon in May, according to the country’s military. Israel’s military said the rockets landed at sea.
On 14 May, a Lebanese man was shot dead by Israeli soldiers when he and others crossed a security fence on the border with Israel while protesting in support of the Palestinians on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of the Naqbah. What Palestinians call a “disaster”. Which he got in 1948 in the war against Israel.
The incident on Tuesday along the Lebanon-Israel border came after a Syrian military official said Israel had conducted air strikes near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. The Syrian state news agency said air defenses intercepted most of the missiles in the attack.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor that has activists on the ground in Syria, said Israel targeted weapons depots belonging to Iranian-backed armed groups operating in the region.
Israel has carried out a series of airstrikes in recent years targeting Iranian forces in Syria, and has attacked a consignment of weapons tied to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group in Lebanon.
The Israeli military rarely commented on these attacks.
Israel fought a 2006 war against Hezbollah, the dominant force in southern Lebanon and has advanced rockets. Since then the border has been mostly quiet.
Lebanon has been run by a caretaker administration for nearly a year while its currency collapsed, jobs disappeared and bank accounts frozen in what lenders called one of the most serious financial crises of modern times. .