Source: LA TimesRockets from Lebanon reignite tension in Israel's north
By Borzou Daragahi and Raed Rafei
January 9, 2009
Reporting from Beirut and Dhaira, Lebanon -- Lebanese army and international forces bolstered troop numbers, stepped up patrols and declared a state of alert Thursday after an early-morning rocket attack on Israel from southern Lebanon threatened to widen the ongoing Gaza Strip conflict.
The rocket fire, which struck a nursing home and slightly injured at least two civilians, resurrected memories of the destructive 2006 war between Israel and the Shiite Muslim militia Hezbollah, an ally of the Gaza-based militant group Hamas.
Minutes after the attack, Israel responded by firing at least six artillery shells at the suspected launch site. Both Lebanese and Israeli authorities shut down schools in the area for fear of a military escalation as Israeli fighter jets flew low along the border. "We hope that it won't become an action that makes the situation more complicated," Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters Thursday in Madrid as he toured world capitals in a quest for a Gaza cease-fire.
Another neighbor of Israel with a rocket fetish. Wasn't Lebanon required by UN Resolution 1701 (2006) to disarm all non-state militias in Lebanon with UN assistence and supervision?
Another fine job by the heads-in-their-ass folks at the United Nations.Chapter 6:
"Acting in support of a request from the government of Lebanon to deploy an international force to assist it to exercise its authority throughout the territory, authorizes Unifil to take all necessary action in areas of deployment of its forces and as it deems within its capabilities, to ensure that its area of operations is not utilized for hostile activities of any kind."