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Israeli army intercepts rocket fired from Lebanon

Jerusalem, Apr 6 (EFE).- At least one rocket has been fired from Lebanon at northern Israel, the Israeli military said on Thursday, adding it was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system.

“Following the report regarding sirens in northern Israel, a rocket was fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory and was successfully intercepted by the IDF Aerial Defense Array,” the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) wrote on Twitter.

The number of rockets is expected to be higher because the IDF claimed sirens continued to sound in the border region.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

The incident comes amid an escalation of violence in the area, with Israeli forces clashing with Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and militants in the Gaza Strip firing several rockets at Israel in response.

A Lebanese military source, who requested anonymity, confirmed the firing of a missile from the southern city of Tyre.

This missile is the first to be fired from Lebanon toward Israel in almost a year and comes shortly after the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah expressed its support for all measures taken by Palestinian fashions in response to the “flagrant violation” committed by Israeli police at al-Aqsa.

Hezbollah controls the southern region of Lebanon, where Palestinian armed groups also operate.

More than 15 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel between Wednesday and Thursday, including five surface-to-air that exploded in the air. One hit a factory in the city of Sderot while the rest were either intercepted or fell in empty areas

The surge in violence broke out early Wednesday after clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian worshippers in al-Aqsa, leaving more than 30 people injured and 350 others detained.

It was the first violent incident at the holy site since the beginning of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan two weeks ago.EFE


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