The violence taking place in Syria appears to be crossing borders, as Lebanese involvement in Syrian affairs coincided Sunday with a rocket attach on northern Israel from southern Lebanon, the AP reported, citing Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency.
Several questions surround the rocket attack; while the News Agency confirmed that the rocket was fired from the southern town of Marjayoun, little is known about who fired the rocket and the resulting casualties, if any. What is known is that the relevant Israeli residents of the town of Metullah claimed to have heard an “explosion,” according to the AP, and military investigations into the incident are ongoing.
The IDF could not give any formal confirmation to the claim that a rocket attack had indeed taken place, according to Israel National News.
In conjecturing as to who might be responsible for the attack, there is reason to consider Hezbollah along with the other militant Palestinian groups known to operate in southern Lebanon, according to the AP.
But there is some evidence that Hezbollah may have, been responsible, in particular. The Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen television network reported Sunday evening that “a missile was fired from Marjayoun in southern Lebanon into Israel.” And the network is affiliated with Hezbollah, according to Israel National News.
The AP cast the attack as indicative of the overall increase in violent activity that has taken place in Lebanon as of late. “The incident came at a time of heightened tensions in Lebanon as Syria’s civil war has spilled over into its neighbor with street clashes and other violence,” it reported.
Two rockets had hit Hezbollah bastions in the neighborhood of Dahiya in south Beirut earlier Sunday, an incident that was largely viewed as a response to Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah’s promise his men would support Assad’s forces as they attempt to resist the ongoing revolt.
Israel National News noted that the incident followed an Israeli offensive a few days ago, when Israel “destroyed an unspecified Syrian target, after fire from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights border damaged an IDF vehicle.” If such a target had been allied with Assad, and Hezbollah is adhering to its commitment to endorse Assad’s forces, then this explanation seems sensible for the latest incident. The earlier Israeli attack was coupled with a warning from Israel Chief of Staff Benny Gantz that the IDF would not allow his violent efforts to cross into northern Israel, according to Israel National News.