Two Rockets Hit Northern Israel; IDF Responds with Artillery Fire

Two Katyusha rockets fall just outside of Kiryat Shmona; no casualties reported.

IDF artillery unit fires rounds at Lebanese village identified as the source.

By Tova Dvorin


Two Katyusha rockets fell in Israel’s North Sunday.

Katyusha Rocket shot at Galilee (archive) – IsraelandStuff/PP

Katyusha Rocket shot at Galilee (archive) – IsraelandStuff/PP

The rocket fire was heard at about 7:00 am, near the city of Kiryat Shmona. Kiryat Shmona is close to the Lebanese border.

No casualties have been reported.

Local residents reported explosions and alerted security forces, who then combed the area to locate the points of impact and the launch site. Residents reported clouds of smoke billowing from the impact sites.

The IDF has reportedly sent artillery units to the area thought to be the source of the rocket fire, on the instructions of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, and has opened fire at what is thought to be the launch site in Lebanon.

No state of emergency has been declared following the rocket fire, however, and Kiryat Shmona residents have been instructed to continue their work and school day as usual.

Earlier this month, a Lebanese army soldier shot and killed 31 year-old IDF Master Sergeant Shlomi Cohen. The attacker eventually turned himself in to Lebanese authorities, and will be placed on trial there over the incident, according to Yaalon.


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