Two rockets fired at northern Israel from Lebanon
( dpa ) - Suspected guerrillas fired two 107- millimetre Russian-made Katyusha rockets into northern Israel overnight in the first such attack in many months, Israeli police said Tuesday. The rockets left a mark on the ground, but caused no injuries, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. A military spokeswoman in Tel Aviv said the rockets struck the northern Israeli town of Shlomi, on the border with Lebanon and caused slight damage. A Hezbollah source denied launching any rockets from southern Lebanon into northern Israel. The source refused to elaborate and there was no official statement from the Shiite militant movement.
But a Lebanese security source in southern Lebanon said the rockets might have been fired by hardline fundamentalist groups who wants to "destabilize the area."
UN sources said "they are still investigating the incident to see if the rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israel."
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak described the rocket attack as "grave" but said Israel did not plan on changing the status quo in the area. "We will study what happened, will think, will decide, and what needs to be done, will be done," he said while on a tour of the area following the attack. Hezbollah launched nearly 4,000 Katyusha rockets at northern Israel during 33 days of combat in the summer of 2006, but the Lebanese radical Shiite movement stopped after a ceasefire took effect on August 14 of that year.