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Lebanon missiles lead to Israeli shells

Rockets from Lebanon struck northern Israel, causing no injuries but sparking an Israeli shelling reprisal in a rare flare-up between the two states.

Residents of the northern Israel town of Kiryat Shmona awoke yesterday to two large explosions. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said no injuries or damage were caused. Shortly after, the Israeli military said it responded with artillery fired toward the source of the launch.

Lebanon's state news agency said the border area was shelled after the rockets hit Israel. The agency said more than 20 shells hit the mountainous region around the southern Lebanese border area of Rachaya.

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said Israel would not tolerate such attacks and held the government and army of Lebanon responsible for any fire emerging from its territory.

"We will not allow incidents to pass quietly," he said. "I would not recommend to anyone to test our determination to protect the security of Israel."

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