Israel Launches Airstrikes into Southern Lebanon after Second Rocket Barrage

Israeli fighter jets have counter airstrikes into southern Lebanon following another rocket barrage from across the border.

“Earlier today [Thursday], rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory,” announced the Israeli airforce. 

Lebanon’s Al-Manar television also confirmed that  Israeli jets performed two air raids at approximately 12:40am (21:45 GMT) outside the town of Mahmoudiya near the border with Israel. 

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), reported that they struck the launch sites from which the rockets were fired along with the ones used in the previous attack. 

The IDF accused Lebanon of the attacks and warned “against further attempts to harm Israeli civilians and Israel’s sovereignty.”

“This was an attack meant to send a message … Clearly we could do much more, and we hope we won’t arrive at that,” said Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun however defended that the strikes threatened the security and stability of southern Lebanon and violated UN Security Council resolutions.

The commander of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, Stefano Del Col, called on both countries  “to act with urgency” to avoid further conflict and prevent violations of the cessation of hostilities that has been in place since 2006.

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