Rockets fired from south Lebanon aimed at Israel, no casualties

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UNIFIL Indonesian peacekeepers on armored patrol. UN Photo/Pasqual Gorriz

Three rockets were fired into Israel by unknown assailants in south Lebanon early on Friday according to UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

The Israeli Defence Forces returned artillery fire towards the general area from where the rocket fire originated.

No casualties have been reported from either side, says UN Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"The UNIFIL Force Commander, Major-General Paolo Serra, and the Mission's leadership are in close contact with the parties, urging maximum restraint in order to prevent any escalation of the situation. In coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces, UNIFIL has reinforced its presence on the ground and intensified patrols across the area of operations to prevent any further incidents. UNIFIL, in cooperation with the parties, is currently investigating to determine the facts and circumstances of the incident. Major-General Serra said that this is a serious incident in violation of UN Security Council resolution 1701 and is clearly directed at undermining stability in the area."

The UNIFIL Force Commander urged that the perpetrators of the attack be identified and apprehended.

The attack came as Israeli Defence Forces launched airstrikes into Gaza in the occupied Palestinian territory reportedly in response to the firing of rockets into their territory from the Gaza Strip.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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