Last updated: 11 December, 2011

Rocket fired towards Israel injures Lebanese villager

A woman was injured after a rocket fired in southern Lebanon landed in a Lebanese village near the border with Israel, a senior security official told AFP.

The Katyusha rocket, fired from Lebanon’s Bent Jbail valley, landed in the village of Hula, Lebanon near the border with Israel, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

It was the first such attack since a series of rockets were fired two weeks go from southern Lebanon landed inside Israel.

Although no one was hurt in those attacks, they were the first fired rockets from Lebanon towards Israel in two years and prompted a return of fire by the Israeli army.

An obscure Al-Qaeda-linked group calling itself the Brigades of Abdullah Azzam claimed responsibility for the latest attack, as it did for the salvoes fired two weeks ago.

The same group claimed responsibility for the last rocket attack from southern Lebanon against Israel in 2009.

In 2006, Israel launched a war against Hezbollah that destroyed much of Lebanon’s infrastructure and killed more than 1,200 Lebanese — mainly civilians — and 160 Israelis, mainly soldiers.

And in May 2011, tensions once again flared as protesters massed on the border between the two countries to mark the anniversary of the 1948 creation of the Jewish state, which Palestinians term the “nakba,” or catastrophe.

Israeli troops killed 10 people and wounded more than 110 others as protesters tried to flood across the border from Lebanon.