Up to 34 rockets from Lebanon target a broad swathe of northern Israel. Most intercepted
A broad barrage of rockets were launched from South Lebanon Thursday afternoon, April 5, almost across the full breadth of Galilee in northern Israel. moe than 72pc were intercepted by Iron Dome batteries in place for the high terror alert declared for Passover. Two of the 34 rockets exploded. on the ground. One person was slightly injured driving his car. A fire broke out in Shlomi. As the rockets came in several salvoes, inhabitants of towns and villages from Shlomi to Safed were advised to stay close to sheltered spaces until further notice and the attack is properly assessed. The beaches of Nahariya and further south were temporarily evacuated.
Palestinian terrorist groups, including Hamas, are known to maintain strongholds in southern Lebanon and closely collaborate with the Lebanese Shiite terrorists, Hizballah, which in turn is an Iranian proxy.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Hizballah recently established a combined operations center in Syria at Al Daaba airport in the Hizballah-ruled Al Qusayr region on the Syrian-Lebanese border, to plan concerted terrorist attacks on Israel from several fronts. The rocket barrage from Lebanon was clearly planned well in advance as part of this general offensive involving Iran that included staged disturbances on Temple Mount, an abortive drone attack from Syria, and three days of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.
The security cabinet meets at 8:30 pm to ponder how Israel will respond to the sweeping terror offensive in which the hand of Iran is detected – after a preliminary conferene between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Galant and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi.