Six rockets were launched today from Lebanon towards Israel without reaching the territory of the Jewish State, an action to which the Israeli troops responded with artillery fire against the places from where the launches occurred. “Six failed attempts to launch (rockets) from Lebanon were identified that did not cross” the border, specified an Israeli military spokesman, who assured that “in response, Israeli artillery forces fired at the points of the shooting.”
The missile launches from Lebanon sounded anti-aircraft alarms in Israeli communities near the so-called Blue Line, the demarcation established by the United Nations that separates these two countries that have fought several wars and do not maintain diplomatic relations.
The UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL) specified on its Twitter account that the attack was perpetrated shortly before midnight from the Rashaya al Foukhar area, in southern Lebanon, and confirmed that the Israeli troops responded with artillery fire against the point of origin of the rockets.
The Lebanese Army and UNIFIL are carrying out a “search” operation and the peacekeepers have intensified their patrols and security measures in the area, where “calm” has already returned and where response firing has ceased. From Israel. “UNIFIL commander Stefano del Col immediately contacted his counterparts in the Lebanese Army and Israeli forces to discuss avoid any escalation of the situation“, concluded the mission in the social network.
Last Thursday, another three rockets were launched from Lebanon towards Israel. So far, the Israeli Army has not accused anyone of this action nor has any group claimed responsibility.
All this occurs within the framework of a strong military escalation between Israel and the Palestinian militias in Gaza, the worst since 2014, which after exploding on Monday, May 10, has already resulted in the death of at least 212 Palestinians and 10 people In Israel. Last weekend they registered various demonstrations in support of Palestine in southern Lebanon, on the border with Israel, where at least one person was killed and three others injured by Israeli gunfire while trying to cross the divide or scale the border wall.
Biden supports the ceasefire
The president of the USA, Joe Biden, expressed support for a ceasefire to stop the escalation of war between Israel and the Palestinians during a call on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House reported Monday in a statement. “The president expressed his support for a ceasefire and spoke about the commitment of the US, Egypt and other allies to that end,” the White House said.
It is the first time that Biden has publicly taken a position in favor of a ceasefire after coming under pressure from fellow members of the Democratic Party and other countries to play a more active role in the crisis in the Middle East. However, the ruler limited himself to supporting a ceasefire and did not ask Netanyahu, as requested by members of his party, including 29 senators who issued a statement this Sunday to urge an “immediate” cessation of hostilities. So far, the US government has avoided publicly calling for a ceasefire, although it has offered its mediation in case the parties want to negotiate it.
The White House did not elaborate on Netanyahu’s response to Biden’s position, saying only that the two leaders agreed to stay in touch. On the other hand, in the call, Biden reiterated the position that Washington has maintained since the beginning of the crisis eight days ago. Specifically, he again expressed his “strong support” for Israel’s right to defend itself and condemned the “indiscriminate” rocket attacks by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which has ruled de facto in Gaza since 2007. In addition, he welcomed “efforts” to address tensions in Israeli cities where Palestinians and Jews coexist, as well as to bring “calm” to Jerusalem, where Palestinian youths clashed for weeks with Israeli forces in the Old City in what was one of the triggers for the current escalation of the war. Biden also “encouraged” Israel to do everything possible to protect “innocent civilians.”
Despite the tone of concern in the White House statement, the US blocking this Monday for the third time a proposal for a declaration by the UN Security Council to call for a cessation of violence. The United States, Israel’s biggest ally, believes that such a UN declaration would not be useful to defuse the tension, as there are other diplomatic initiatives underway to stop the fighting.
Despite these diplomatic attempts, Netanyahu on Sunday urged continue retaliatory attacks against the Islamist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which launched more than 3,150 rockets since last Monday. Since the start of the military escalation 8 days ago, 10 Israelis and 200 Palestinians have died, including 42 civilians who perished on Sunday in the deadliest Israeli attack so far.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.