In response to the Israeli air raids on southern Lebanon, the Lebanese group, Hezbollah, said it fired rockets at an open ground near Israeli positions.
Quoting Hezbollah statement, a report published in Aljazeera, said it fired “dozens” of rockets in the disputed Shebaa Farms area after Israeli fighters early on Thursday launched rare air raids on neighbouring Lebanon following the second day of rocket fire across the border.
The Iranian-backed and heavily armed Shia group also said the Israeli air attacks had hit open ground in Lebanon, the report said.
Later on Friday, the Israeli military said it had struck “the rocket launch sites in Lebanon”.
Israel said it did not wish to escalate to a full war, though it was ready for one.
“More than 10 rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory. Most of the rockets were intercepted by the … aerial defence system while the rest of them landed in open areas adjacent to Har Dov,” the disputed Shebaa Farms border district, the air force said on Twitter.
The report quoting Israel’s Army Radio said that the military fired shells and artillery towards parts of southern Lebanon under the control of Hezbollah.
Air raid sirens sounded in the Upper Galilee in northern Israel, and in the Golan Heights, part of the territory Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.
It was the third day of cross-border hostilities that threaten a period of calm prevailing since 2006 when Israel and Hezbollah fought a one-month war.