Rockets hit Israel: Rocket Attacks Israel

Published: December 21, 2015

Rockets hit Israel: Rocket Attacks Israel, Red alert sirens blared in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya on Sunday after three rockets apparently fired by Hezbollah militants in Lebanon exploded near the Israeli city, Israeli Defense Forces said.

No damage was immediately reported, the Jerusalem Post said. The rocket attacks came one day after Syrian state media reported that an Israeli air strike killed Hezbollah leader Samir Kantar and eight others near Damascus. The Israeli government had accused Kantar of planning attacks to target Israel, but did not specifically claim responsibility for his death, the Post said.

The Post, citing a Hezbollah media outlet in Lebanon, said the rockets targeting Israel were fired from a village near Tyre, a southern Lebanese city of more than 100,000.

“IDF has responded with targeted artillery fire following the rockets that hit Israel earlier today from southern Lebanon,” the Israeli military tweeted.

Kantar spent almost 30 years in an Israeli prison before he was freed in an exchange in 2008. He was convicted in 1979 as a teenager in the deaths of four Israelis, including a police officer, and a 4-year-old girl and the girl’s father. He was also convicted in the death of a 2-year-old who was accidentally smothered to death by her mother as they hid in a crawl space during the attack.

Kantar initially confessed to the murders, but later said he was beaten in prison and denied involvement in all but the officer’s murder. He was received as a hero in Lebanon after his release. In Syria, Bashar Assad presented him with the Syrian Order of Merit, and Iran also honored him.


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