Israel claims rocket attack from Lebanon
Updated 11:36 p.m. ET
At least three rockets were allegedly fired from Lebanon into northern Israel Monday, and Israeli Defense Forces returned fire, according to several reports.
Although there were no reported casualties on either side, the event is a dangerous reminder of the costly and deadly 34-day conflict in 2006 that saw Israel pitted against Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hezbollah forces in Lebanon.
The rockets from Lebanon on Monday caused minimal damage, landing close to the Lebanese border and just causing some damage to a chicken coop and a gas tank, The Jerusalem Post reports. Although investigations are currently underway, some reports indicate there may have been as many as four rockets fired from Lebanon.
"Several rockets hit the western Galilee. The Israeli army considers the incident severe," said a statement from the military spokesman's office, according to Reuters.
The IDF allegedly returned fire in the area of Lebanon they believed the rockets to have come from, according to the Haaretz newspaper.
Regional analysts have long expressed concern that the growing Syrian conflict could spill over to its neighbors. After protesters from inside Syria stormed the border with Israel near Lebanon and several were killed earlier this year, Israeli officials accused the Syrian government of sparking the demonstrations to distract from its worsening domestic situation.
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