JERUSALEM – The Israeli army said its artillery bombed southern Lebanon early Tuesday after two rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory.
The army said in a statement that air defenses intercepted one of the rockets and the second landed in an open area. No injuries or damage were reported.
The rocket fire from Lebanon was the first such cross-border incident since May, when Palestinian militants fired rockets at Israel during the 11-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a statement that Lebanon was responsible for the rocket fire during the night and that “Israel will act against any threat to its sovereignty and its citizens.”
“We will not allow the social, political and economic crisis in Lebanon to become a threat to Israel’s security,” Gantz said. Lebanon has battled an unprecedented crisis, including an economic crisis that has raised concerns about increased militancy there.
The incident came hours after a Syrian military official said Israel carried out airstrikes near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. The Syrian state news agency said the air defenses intercepted most of the missiles in the attack.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor that has activists on the ground in Syria, said the Israeli strikes were targeting weapons depots belonging to Iranian-backed militant groups operating in the region.
Israel has carried out dozens of airstrikes in Syria in recent years against Iranian forces there and targeting what Israel says are arms shipments bound for the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon.
The Israeli army rarely comments on these attacks.