Rockets Fired From Lebanon Into Israel’s North

Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2009 03:08 am
Rockets Fired From Lebanon Into Israel’s North
Published: January 8, 2009

JERUSALEM " Israel’s conflict with Hamas in Gaza threatened to broaden on Thursday as at least three rockets were fired into the north of Israel from Lebanon.

The rockets, presumably launched in support of Hamas, could presage the opening of a second front. The Israeli Army, in a brief statement, said it “responded with fire against the source of the rockets,” which landed near the town of Nahariya. Two Israelis were slightly wounded, the police said.

Lebanese security sources told Reuters that they believed it was unlikely that the rockets were fired under instructions from the militant group Hezbollah. But there was no confirmation or denial from Hezbollah itself.
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Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2009 12:08 pm
Israel, Lebanon play down rocket fire
By Richard Boudreaux
9:03 AM PST, January 8, 2009

The Israeli army responded with a cross-border artillery barrage but later dismissed the rocket attack as a minor incident. Lebanese officials promptly condemned the fire from their side and said they were taking steps to patrol the area.
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Who Rocketed Israel from Lebanon?

Nicholas Blanford / Beirut Thursday, Jan. 08, 2009

Since the Gaza war began on December 27, the Israelis have kept one eye open on its northern border. "What is unexpected is why it took so long for rockets to be fired," says Goksel, voicing the view of analysts who had expected just such an incident since the onset of Israel's offensive against Hamas. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, although suspicion has fallen on militant Palestinian groups, such as the Damascus-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), which may have acted with a nudge and a wink from Hizballah. Hizballah, Hamas and other Palestinian groups denied responsibility. "When Hizballah does something, it announces it and has no problem doing so," said Mohammed Fneish, minister of labor in Lebanon's national unity government and also a Hizballah lawmaker. (See pictures from inside Hizballah.)

The PFLP-GC, however, maintained a deliberately ambiguous stance. "It is not the time to say who is responsible, it is time to be united to confront the Israelis," Anwar Raja, PFLP-GC spokesman in Lebanon told TIME. "We support the launching of rockets on Israel because of the massacre that is occurring in Gaza."
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Robert Gentel
Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2009 02:25 pm
This part is interesting, and it should highlight one of the key problems in the mid east:

Anyone can shoot "rockets" of this caliber. Hell, on New Year's Eve I shot off some rockets that came close (without explosive payloads of course) and until there is a political settlement I don't think the rocket fire will completely stop.
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