Radars detect rocket fire from Lebanon

Radars detected firing of at least two rockets from southern Lebanon towards Israel, the U.N.Interim Force in Lebanon said on Sunday.

The Israeli Defense Force told the UNIFIL that two rockets fired from Lebanon in the general area of El Khiam impacted near Kiryat Shimona in northern Israel. The IDF returned artillery fire directed at the location from where the rockets originated.

No casualties or damage were reported from either side. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket attack.

Major-General Paolo Serra, the UNIFIL force commander, immediately contacted his counterparts in the IDF and the Lebanese Armed Forces. Serra urged the parties to exercise maximum restraint to prevent the situation from escalating.

"This is a very serious incident in violation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1701 and is clearly directed at undermining stability in the area," Serra said. "UNIFIL's first imperative is to ensure that there is no further escalation of the situation and I have been assured by the parties of their full cooperation with UNIFIL in this effort and of their continued commitment to the cessation of hostilities."

Serra said UNIFIL troops are working with the LAF to reinforce security and locate the rocket launching site.

"UNIFIL has intensified its patrols across our area of operations to prevent any further incidents," Serra said. "It is of paramount importance to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of this attack and we will spare no efforts to this end working in cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces."