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Israel attacks launch site in Lebanon following rocket-launch

Israeli forces struck an area of Lebanon from which a rocket was launched on Thursday, as per a statement by its military.

On Thursday, two rockets were fired from within Lebanon, one of which landed in Lebanese territory, while the other landed near a disputed area at the border. No casualties were reported. According to Lebanon’s state news agency, Israel had fired “more than 15 artillery shells” which hit around the communities of Kfar Chouba and Halta.

This is one of many near-escalations between the two countries in recent months.

The rockets launched by Israeli forces landed near the Lebanese village of Wazzani, which borders occupied Palestine, and near the disputed village of Ghajar, which is currently occupied by Israel following the 2006 July war. 

To this day, many of the villagers still consider them Syrian Alawites, while others have taken Israeli citizenship during the long years of occupation. Other residents refused to be part of Lebanon.

This comes after Israel launched a severe attack against the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, which injured hundreds of Palestinian civilians, and forced thousands to flee their homes, schools, and hospitals. At least 12 Palestinians were killed in the two-day raid on the camp.

As per Al Jazeera, the attack was the largest operation in two decades. Following its attack on civilians, occupation forces prevented many from receiving medical care and stopped various humanitarian workers from reaching those in need. 

Occupation forces also attacked several hospitals, damaging their operational capacity.

“I once again call on Israel to abide by its obligations under international law,” said UN Chief Guterres.

“The use of air strikes is inconsistent with the conduct of law enforcement operations.”