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Israel retaliates after multiple rockets fired from Lebanon

MARJEYOUN, Lebanon--The Israeli military fired a barrage of shells into southern Lebanon in retaliation after five Katyusha-style rockets were launched against the Jewish state on Sunday, officials said.

The attacks struck uninhabited areas of both Israel and Lebanon without causing any casualties or damage, officials on both sides said.

The Israeli government accused the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah of being behind the rocket fire and threatened an even tougher response to any further attacks.

“About 20 shells from Israeli territory have struck the border region of Arqub after the launch of rockets against Israel this morning,” a Lebanese security official told AFP.

The shelling came in response to two Katyusha-style rockets fired from Lebanon that struck an open field west of the town of Kyriat Shmona, Israeli military radio reported.

“Artillery responded to rocket attacks from Lebanon against Israel that left no victims, targeting the area where these projectiles were fired from,” an Israeli official told AFP.

Israeli army spokesman Peter Lerner tweeted later that “5 rockets (were) launched this morning from #Lebanon, (causing) one confirmed explosion in #Israel,” and the military was searching for others.

Tension has spiked on the border between the two countries since Lebanese troops gunned down an Israeli soldier driving near the frontier on December 16.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah of being involved in firing the rockets.

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A Lebanese soldier examines the remains of a Katyusha-style rocket fired from Lebanon towards Israel that fell short of the border near the Lebanese village of Sardah, in front of the Israeli town of Kyriat Shmona on Sunday, Dec. 29. (AFP)

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