Three rockets launched at Israel from Lebanon, no damage, says IDF – fr

Three rockets launched at Israel from Lebanon, no damage, says IDF – fr

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                Trois roquettes ont été lancées du Liban vers le nord d'Israël jeudi mais ont atterri dans la mer Méditerranée, sans faire de dégâts ni de victimes, a déclaré l'armée israélienne.  Les tirs de roquettes menaçaient d'ouvrir un nouveau front dans l'escalade des combats entre Israël et le groupe militant palestinien du Hamas à Gaza. 

                                    <p>Les Forces de défense israéliennes (FDI) dans un message Twitter ont confirmé que trois roquettes avaient été tirées du Liban vers la mer Méditerranée au large des côtes du nord d'Israël. </p>                <div id="em-WBMZ82632-F24-EN-20210513" class="m-em-flash">
                    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RUPTURE: Il y a peu de temps, trois roquettes ont été tirées du Liban dans la mer Méditerranée au large des côtes du nord d'Israël.</p>- Forces de défense israéliennes (@IDF) <a href="">13 mai 2021</a></blockquote> 
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<p>L'armée israélienne n'a donné aucun détail sur qui les a renvoyés.  Mais deux sources proches de l'ennemi juré d'Israël, le Hezbollah, ont déclaré à l'AFP que le groupe chiite libanais n'avait aucun lien avec l'incident.

“Not long ago, three rockets were fired from Lebanon into the Mediterranean Sea off the Galilee,” the IDF said in a statement. “According to protocol, no siren sounded.”

There was no immediate comment from Beirut on the incident.

Israel waged a war in 2006 against Hezbollah guerrillas, who dominated southern Lebanon and fired rockets. The border has remained fairly calm since then.

Small Palestinian factions in Lebanon have fired on Israel sporadically in the past.

A witness from the port city of Haifa in northern Israel said he heard three explosions shortly before the rocket salute was reported.

No sirens warned of the launch, which the military said was “by protocol” – an allusion to Israeli air defenses ignoring rockets intended to strike unpopulated areas.

Israeli tank shells hit Gaza

The rockets from Lebanon came amid escalating fighting between Israel and Hamas despite international calls from both sides to reduce the conflict. Earlier Thursday, Hamas fired a rocket barrage at Israel. Hours later, Israel hit Gaza with artillery and tank shells, forcing families to flee their homes, Palestinian witnesses said. The use of artillery fire in Israel’s four-day offensive increased the likelihood of civilian casualties.

Israel massed thousands of troops along the Gaza border and reservists were called in as IDF officials said all options were on the table, including a ground offensive in the besieged Palestinian enclave.

The developments came as an Egyptian delegation arrived in Tel Aviv for talks with Israeli officials as part of efforts to negotiate a ceasefire, according to Egyptian intelligence officials.

Gaza’s health ministry said the death toll rose to 83 Palestinians, including 17 children and seven women, with more than 480 people injured since fighting erupted on Monday. Seven Israelis, including a soldier, were killed in the attacks.

Netanyahu: “We will achieve our goal”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday visited the batteries of the Iron Dome missile defense system, which the military says has intercepted 90% of the 1,200 rockets that have reached Israel from Gaza so far.

“It will take longer, but with great firmness… we will achieve our goal – to restore peace to the State of Israel,” he said.

The night before, Israeli television reported that Netanyahu’s security cabinet had authorized the expansion of the offensive which the army says has already reached 600 targets in Gaza.

The current eruption of violence began a month ago in Jerusalem, where the threat of eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers sparked protests and clashes with police. A focal point of the clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police was Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque, built on a hill that is worshiped by Jews and Muslims.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

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