UN mission reports rocket fire from south Lebanon towards Israel

UNIFIL armoured vehicles pass through a Lebanese Armed Forces checkpoint near Ghanduriya. Photo: UNIFIL

11 July 2014 – The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has reported that earlier today, its radar revealed that three rockets originating from the general area of Ain Arab in south Lebanon were fired towards Israel.

According to a UN spokesperson in New York, the Mission’s radar picked up the activity at around 6 a.m. local time. Israeli authorities informed UNIFIL that one rocket impacted in northern Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) returned artillery fire towards the general area of the fired rockets, said the UN.

“This is a serious incident in violation of UN Security Council resolution 1701 and is clearly directed at undermining stability in the area,” stressed UNIFIL Force Commander, Major-General Paolo Serra.

The Mission’s leadership is in close contact with the parties – urging maximum restraint to prevent further escalation of the situation.

No casualties have been reported from either side and there has been no claim of responsibility.

Major-General Serra underscored, “It is imperative to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of this attack.”

In coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces, UNIFIL has reinforced its presence on the ground and intensified patrols to prevent any additional incidents.

UNIFIL, in cooperation with the parties, is currently investigating to determine the facts and circumstances of the incident.


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