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Second rocket attack from Lebanon into northern Israel, a new group responsible?

It seems that a second round of rockets have been fired from Lebanon into northern Israel on Wednesday morning. The first round of rockets were fired on Thursday, 8 January. The Turkish daily, Hurriyet, provides a summary of reports, indicating that no one has yet claimed responsibility for this attack. AP reports that the rockets fired from Lebanon caused no injuries or damage.

Hurriyet’s report indicates that rockets were fired from Lebanon’s Shebaa village. In the same report, a security official is quoted saying, “Israel responded within a minute with four rockets that landed north of Ghajar.” Ghajar is a village that was fully in Syria before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war but is now split in two with part of it under Israeli control and the other section in Lebanon.

The village of Shebaa, where the attack is said to have originated is over 10 km from Ghajar (view map on outside site). So what target could Israel have been firing at so soon after the incident? It doesn’t seem likely the response could have been targeted at whatever group was behind the attack, especially since intelligence on who initiated last week’s attack still seems sketchy. Hezbollah denies involvement in the 8 January attack.

Sami Moubayed covers the story of who may have been behind last Thursday’s attack in an article for the Asia Times:

If Hezbollah wasn’t behind the rocket attacks launched on Israel from South Lebanon on January 8, then who was? The question is clouded by the emergence of the Arab Islamic Resistance – a rival to Hezbollah believed to be linked to Saudi Arabia. The new group may have fired the rockets to create a pretext for a new round of war between Hezbollah and Israel.

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