Rocket sirens sound in Kiryat Shmona, IDF said firing into Lebanon

Warning sirens sounded in the northern town of Kiryat Shmona a short time ago, sending residents scrambling to shelters for fear of an incoming rocket. Explosions were heard in the area and videos showed smoke rising from an apparent impact site.

Hebrew media reported that the military was firing artillery shells at targets in Lebanon in response to an apparent rocket attack.

The military did not immediately confirm whether a missile was launched toward Israel. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

According to Army Radio, a rocket fell in an open area near the city and sparked a fire that is being doused by firefighters.

The last time rockets were fired at northern Israel was in July, when two rockets were fired from Lebanon, setting off warning sirens in the Western Galilee region.

One of the rockets was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, while the second projectile fell in an open area near the coast.

The army fired artillery shells at the source of the launches in response. The Israeli military believed the rockets were fired by a Palestinian group in southern Lebanon, not by the country’s powerful Hezbollah terror group. However, Hezbollah maintains tight control over southern Lebanon, making it unlikely that such an attack would be conducted from that area without at least its tacit approval.

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