Act of war. “Rockets Fired From Lebanon Strike Northern Israel, Police Say,” from AP (thanks to CGiddensJr):
JERUSALEM “” Two rockets fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel before dawn Tuesday, the military said, causing no injuries but expanding the violence that has erupted on Israel’s borders ahead of U.S. President George W. Bush’s visit to the region.
One of the rockets landed on a road, and the other on the porch of a home in the town of Shlomi.
It was the second rocket attack on Israel from Lebanon since Israel’s summer 2006 war with Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas. In June, two rockets fired by a previously unknown group, the Jihadi Badr Brigades “” Lebanon Branch, fell in Israel, causing minor damage but no injuries.
Israeli military officials said it appeared the same group was responsible for Tuesday’s attack, although there was no claim of responsibility.
A senior military officer in Beirut told The Associated Press that the Israeli report was “baseless and completely fabricated.” He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the incident with the media.
Yasmina Bouziane, a spokeswoman for U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon, said the force had a team on the ground looking into the report. “In the meantime, we can’t confirm or deny” the Israeli claims, she said.
A resident of Shlomi, Simona Salamon, said a rocket hit her porch in the middle of the night.
“It was such a big noise and my ears were ringing,” Salamon told Army Radio. “It made a hole in the wall.”