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Israeli Aircraft Strike in Lebanon Following Rocket Attack

Israeli aircraft struck a terror target south of Beirut, hours after terrorists fired four rockets at northern Israel.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/23/2013, 4:45 AM

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Israeli aircraft struck a terror target south of Beirut, Lebanon, on Thursday night, said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

According to the statement, a direct hit was identified and all aircraft returned safely to their bases.

The IDF statement said that the airstrike came in response to Thursday afternoon’s rocket attack from Lebanon at northern Israel.

"Yesterday's attack is a blatant breach of Israeli sovereignty that jeopardized Israeli civilian life. Israel will not tolerate terrorist aggression originating from Lebanese territory. The IDF will continue to operate to safeguard the State of Israel and its civilians," said the statement.

Four rockets were fired from Lebanon on Thursday afternoon, with at least one confirmed as having struck in the area of Nahariya.

One rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, between Akko and Nahariya, the IDF said. Three others struck in "open areas." Several residents were treated for shock.

The attack was claimed by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an Al-Qaeda-linked terror group which had claimed similar rocket fire on Israel in 2009 and 2011.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reacted to Thursday’s attack by stressing, "Anyone who hurts us, and anyone who tries to hurt us, must know that we will hit him.”

Lebanon’s president Michel Sleiman condemned the rocket fire from southern Lebanon, saying it was a violation of UNSCR 1701, which brought an end to the Second Lebanon War in 2006, and to Lebanon's sovereignty.

While Sleiman condemned the incident, the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group would not. A Hezbollah MP, Hasan Fadlallah, said his party was sticking to its policy regarding attacks against Israel.