Two rockets land in northern Israel, no casualties

By Xinhua

Jerusalem : Two rockets landed in northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona Sunday afternoon, causing damage but no casualties were reported immediately, an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) spokesman told Xinhua.

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Local daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on its website that two loud explosions were heard in Kiryat Shmona. One of the rockets landed in the northern part of town while the other in the town's southern area.

The report quoted a Kiryat Shmona resident, Eshkol Levy, as saying that he heard and witnessed the landing of two Katyushas, one in the town's northern industrial area. There was no alert.

The IDF spokesman said that so far no group had claimed responsibility for the rocket attack nor has the force decided how it would respond. He also said the Israeli side so far didn't know where these two rockets came from.

Meanwhile, Israeli radio quoted official sources as saying that an unknown Palestinian group had fired the two rockets from Lebanon into Israel.

It was the first time that northern Israel came under rocket attack from Lebanon since the 34-day-long war between Israel and the Lebanese Hezbollah militants last summer.

On July 12, 2006, Hezbollah militants launched a cross-border raid covered by Katyusha rocket barrages, thus triggering the month-long conflict.

Kiryat Shmona, located several kilometres away from the Israel-Lebanon border suffered severe damage and casualties during the conflict in last summer.