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Hezbollah says rockets fired into Israel in retaliation

Lebanon’s Hezbollah says it has fired a barrage of rockets near Israeli positions close to the Lebanese border, calling it retaliation for Israeli airstrikes on southern Lebanon a day earlier.

In a statement, Hezbollah said it targeted “open fields” near Israeli positions in the disputed Shebaa farms area, with “dozens” of rockets.

Most of the rockets were intercepted by the defence system known as the Iron Dome and the rest of the rockets landed in open areas.

The Israeli Defence Forces said it is firing back. Manar TV, run by Hezbollah, reports that Israeli warplanes are flying at low-altitude over southeast Lebanon.

Earlier, the IDF stated that sirens in northern Israel had warned of new attacks from over the border with Lebanon.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The report comes after several days of fire over the border, including rare Israeli airstrikes on what the army said are launch sites.

The overnight airstrikes were a marked escalation at a politically sensitive time. Israel’s new eight-party governing coalition is trying to keep peace under a fragile cease-fire that ended an 11-day war with Hamas’ militant rulers in Gaza in May.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV reported that five rockets were fired from southern Lebanon toward an Israeli army position in the disputed Shebaa Farms area on the edge of the Golan Heights.

The station referred to the firing as “unknown rockets,” an apparent term to hint that the group was not behind the attack.

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