Israel launches 20 shells into southern Lebanon
About 20 shells were fired by the Israeli military into southern Lebanon on Sunday without causing any damage, according to Lebanese security officials.
The attack was in response to rockets fired from Lebanon into an open field west of the Israeli town of Kyriat Shmona, the Israeli military said in a statement.
The military added that it "responded with artillery fire towards the source of the launch."
The Israel-Lebanon border has remained mostly quiet since a month-long war in the summer of 2006 between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon. There have been sporadic outbursts of violence, most recently earlier this month when a Lebanese army sniper killed an Israeli soldier.
The Katyusha-style rockets landed in a field west of the town of Kyriat Shmona, without causing any casualties or damage, Israeli military radio reported.
Tension has spiked on the border between the two countries since Lebanese troops gunned down an Israeli soldier driving near the frontier on Dec. 16.
In August, four Israeli soldiers were wounded by an explosion some 400 metres (yards) inside Lebanese territory, in a blast claimed by Hezbollah.
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