Rockets hit home near Israel-Lebanon border

By Xinhua

Jerusalem : Two Katyusha rockets fired from south Lebanon early Tuesday morning hit a house in an Israeli town near the Lebanese border, Xinhua has learnt.

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Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld confirmed that the fragments of two 122-mm Katyusha rockets were found in the western Galilee community of Shlomi. No injuries or damage were reported.

Sappers were sent to the area in search of more remains, Rosenfeld added.

Following the attack, Israeli army raised the level of alert along the northern border.

Two rockets struck Shlomi at approximately 2 a.m. (2400 GMT) with one hitting a residential house and the other striking an electricity pole, according to Israeli Army Radio.

Residents said they heard a loud bang overnight but did not pay much attention as they thought it was a mere thunder.

The spokeswoman of Israel Defense Forces told Xinhua that the army is still investigating the bombing at the moment.

The IDF was quoted by the website of local daily Haaretz as saying initially that it was not a rocket attack from Lebanon but a detonation of an old ordinance.

In June 2007, two Katyusha rockets were fired at Israel from Lebanon, the first rockets to hit Israel since the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

During the 2006 war, Hezbollah bombarded northern Israel with nearly 4,000 rockets.