Mideast Conflict: Lebanon Joins the Fray

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ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER - Israel may be facing a two-front war. The Jewish state has been fighting on its southwestern border in Gaza for nearly two weeks. Then today, Israel was attacked from the north by rockets from Lebanon.

Terrorists fired at least two katyusha rockets from south Lebanon aimed at the coastal Israeli city of Nahariya.

Rocket Fire from Lebanon

Military experts aren't sure whether the rockets came from Hezbollah or a Palestinian refugee camp. In either case, Iran is the likely sponsor of the attack.

"Since the rockets landed in Israel we have heightened security along the northern border and at the moment we are assessing the situation as to the continuation," Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.

"I hope that we will give back a very, very strong, to show that they cannot play with people's lives," said one Nahariya resident. "If we will not do nothing now, they want to see how we react, and if we will not react, it will today be three Katyushas and tomorrow two and they will paralyze all this area again."

A number of Israelis have been treated for shock, and at least two were injured by shrapnel in the attacks.

Here on the Israeli-Gaza border, the Israeli Army is continuing its operations throughout northern Gaza, and further south, the army says it's destroyed 50 percent of the tunnels used to smuggle weapons from Egypt into the Gaza Strip.

Destroying the tunnels is a key goal for Israel. Hamas used a sixth-month cease fire this past year to upgrade rockets and other weapons now being used against Israelis.

Israel doesn't want a repeat of the 2006 Second Lebanon War when a cease-fire allowed Hezbollah to triple its rocket arsenal. Those rockets can now reach almost any part of Israel.

No Truce

On the diplomatic front, officials are talking in Cairo about a cease fire, and members of the United Nations are pressing hard for a truce. But Israel's security cabinet has signaled that the military campaign will go on.

The cabinet will decide later whether the army, with the help of thousands of reservists, will try to overthrow Hamas as a fighting force or allow it to regroup from its weaker position.

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Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell

CBN News Mideast Bureau Chief

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