Israel shells south Lebanon

Published July 15th, 2014 - 06:21 GMT

Israel unleashed an artillery barrage on the outskirts of villages near the southern port city of Tyre around midnight, the state-owned National News Agency reported. No casualties were reported.

NNA said Israel bombarded the environs of Batoulieh and Ras al-Ain near the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidieh on the outskirts of Tyre at a rate of one shell every minute between 11 p.m. and midnight.

The Israeli shelling came after two rockets were fired at Israel from south Lebanon Monday night, in the fourth such attack in as many days, security sources told The Daily Star.

The rockets were launched from the area of Qleileh near Tyre. The Israeli army confirmed that the projectiles hit the Jewish state, prompting Israeli artillery to shell the launch site.

Some of the rockets launched since Friday were fired from the same area.

NNA said security forces blocked the coastal highway between Tyre and the border town of Naqoura as a safety measure.

Lebanese authorities have arrested a suspect near Rashidieh in connection with the recent rocket attacks into Israel, a security source told The Daily Star.

The source said the Army had imposed strict measures in the region south of the Litani River that is bound by U.N. Resolution 1701, which ended Israel’s 2006 war on Lebanon.

The resolution bans Hezbollah from maintaining an armed presence in the area, restricting the area to forces from the Army and the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon.

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