May 7, 2023

Today, Thursday, the Israeli army announced that it had intercepted missiles launched from Lebanon, after the occupation forces stormed the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the past two days, and raised warnings of reprisals in the region.

In an initial statement, the occupation army spoke of launching one missile that was successfully intercepted, but the Israeli Army Radio later reported that it had recorded at least 30 launches from Lebanese territory, noting that Iron Dome intercepted 15 of the missiles that were fired towards the Galilee region.

Israeli media also confirmed the launch of between 25 and 30 rockets from southern Lebanon, and the Israeli Army Radio said that one of the rockets landed on a main street in the center of the town of Shlomi in the Galilee region, causing damage.

The Israeli Army Radio added that firefighters are working to put out fires that broke out after the rockets fell in northern Israel.

Reuters quoted three security sources as saying that Palestinian factions are responsible for the rocket attacks from Lebanon on Israel, not the Lebanese Hezbollah.

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority said that most of the rockets fired from Lebanon were of the “Katyusha” and “Grad” models, and the Israeli ambulance teams stated that 3 Israelis were injured as a result of the missile strikes, and Israeli media reported that the beaches in the area of ​​Nahariya were being evacuated.

Al-Jazeera correspondent said that sirens sounded continuously in the western Galilee region.

No Israeli response

And the Al-Jazeera correspondent in Beirut quoted a Lebanese security source as saying that about 30 missiles were launched from southern Lebanon towards Israel, and the source added that no Israeli bombing was recorded on Lebanese territory, and the director of Al-Jazeera office in Beirut, Mazen Ibrahim, explained that what was circulated in some Lebanese media The Israeli bombing of Lebanese areas is incorrect, according to Lebanese security sources.

The director of the Al-Jazeera office added that what fell on Lebanese territory after the missile strikes was due to two reasons, the first of which was that some of the missiles did not cross the borders of Lebanon and landed inside its territory, and the second was that the Israeli air defenses intercepted some of the missiles, and some of their fragments fell inside Lebanon.

On the other hand, the Israeli Prime Minister’s office stated that Benjamin Netanyahu will chair a high-level security meeting to follow up on developments after the bombing from Lebanon. Al-Jazeera correspondent said that Netanyahu called for the mini-council for political and security affairs.

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said that Israel “is facing missiles from the south and the north, and we will take all necessary measures to defend our country.” An Israeli military source said the source of the fire had not yet been answered.

The United Nations forces in southern Lebanon, UNIFIL, said that the current situation in southern Lebanon is dangerous, and it urged the concerned parties to exercise restraint and avoid escalation. In a statement, UNIFIL indicated that the UNIFIL commander is in contact with the two sides on both sides of the border.

Go down to the shelters

Meanwhile, Israeli media reported that the Israeli army asked residents of the border areas with Lebanon to enter shelters, and the mayor of Nahariya, in northern Israel, decided to open public shelters.

The Israeli authorities called on hikers not to reach the northern region in light of the continued rocket attacks.

And the Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that the Israeli Airports and Crossings Authority announced the closure of airspace in the face of civil aviation from Haifa to the border with Lebanon.

Attacks on Al-Aqsa

The missile attack on the Israeli north comes at a time of escalating tension in the occupied Palestinian territories, as Israeli police forces stormed the Al-Qibli prayer hall in Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, yesterday evening, Wednesday, and assaulted the worshipers and those stationed inside it.

Extremist Israeli groups have called for massive storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the occasion of the Jewish Passover holiday, which began yesterday, Wednesday, and will last for a week, and a state of extreme tension prevails throughout the Old City of Jerusalem and throughout the Palestinian territories.

Arab and Islamic countries, including Turkey, affirmed their strong rejection of the Israeli attacks and called for their immediate cessation. While the United States urged all parties to exercise restraint, the United Nations expressed its shock at the events of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Today, Thursday, the UN Security Council will hold a closed session to discuss the recent disturbing developments in the occupied Palestinian territory, specifically the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, at the invitation of the UAE and China.

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