Israeli planes strike targets south of Beirut following rocket attack
The Israel Air Forces attacked early Wednesday a Palestinian military training base south of Beirut, in response to a barrage of rockets fired from Lebanon at Israel late Tuesday night, injuring several Israelis and causing light damage.
The Israeli strike targeted a camp located approximately seven kilometers (four miles) south of Beirut, operated by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, a small, Syrian-backed group.
Eyewitnesses close to the scene of the attacks reported that two missiles were fired from the fighter jets.
Several of the group's members were reportedly injured as a result.
"This is in response to the firing of projectile rockets last night toward Israeli communities," an Israeli military spokesperson was quoted as saying Wednesday by Haaretz.
At least four Katyusha rockets were launched from Lebanon at Israeli communities. Three Katyushas landed in the border town of Kiryat Shmona, and three residents were treated for shock. The rocket fire caused a power outage in the area.
On Tuesday night, the head of the Northern Command branch of the Israeli army had announced that "there is no need for winds of war" in response to the rocket attacks on Israel, adding that Israel should respond with restraint.
He went on to say that "It is still early to draw conclusions, but it is very possible that a Palestinian group carried out the attack. In this way, the Hizbullah is not implicated, and it draws Israel into responding against it, thus bringing about an escalation."
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Hizbullah and Fatah spokesmen in Lebanon have denied any connection to the attacks.