Katyushas Dismantled Near Lebanon Attack Site

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SOUTHERN LEBANON--Lebanese Army and United Nations Peacekeeping forces (UNIFIL) discovered and dismantled four Katyusha rockets at a southern Lebanon location where a rocket was fired into Israel Tuesday. 

The rocket landed near the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Shemona. The attack caused no casualties, but did start a fire.

Israel's military has determined that the radical Palestinian group Islamic Jihad is responsible for the rocket assault, which was launched from the veranda of a house in the village of Houla.  

Palestinians, some living in Lebanese refugee camps, have been responsible for several recent Katyusha attacks on Israel. Israeli forces immediately responded to Tuesday's attack with an artillery barrage.

An army spokesman says it looked on the incident with "utmost severity" and holds the government of Lebanon responsible for any attacks coming from its soil.

Israeli Defense Forces is less concerned about Islamic jihad than it is with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which controls southern Lebanon and is estimated to have between 40,000 and 80,000 rockets hidden throughout the south, in violation of U.N.

Resolution 1742 which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.  During that war, Hezbollah fired more than 4,000 rockets into Israel.

Sources:  The Jerusalem Post, Ha'aretz

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