The militant Hezbollah group fired a barrage of rockets toward Israel on Friday, and Israel hit back with artillery in a significant escalation between the two sides.
It was the third day of attacks along the volatile border with Lebanon, a major Middle East flashpoint where tensions between Israel and Iran, which backs Hezbollah, occasionally play out. But comments by Israeli officials and Hezbollah’s actions suggested the two were seeking to avoid a major conflict at this time.
Sirens sounded in northern Israel as an estimated 10-20 rockets were fired from Lebanon just before 11 AM. Alarms were heard in Ein Quiniyye, Neveh Ativ and Snir, near Israel’s northern border with Lebanon and Syria. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage and the Magen David Adom said it had not been alerted to any injuries. Initial reports claimed that the Iron Dome anti-missile system successfully intercepted a number of the projectiles.