Jerusalem - Two missiles fired from southern Lebanon
exploded in northern Israel on Sunday, prompting the Israeli military to hit
back with artillery shells, an army spokesperson said.
"The Israeli artillery responded to rocket attacks from
Lebanon against Israel that left no victims, targeting the area where these
projectiles were fired from," an army spokesperson told AFP.
The Katyusha-style rockets landed in a field west of the
town of Kyriat Shmona, without causing any casualties or damage, Israeli
military radio reported.
A Lebanese security official told AFP that the Israeli
military fired about 20 shells into southern Lebanon, without causing any
Tension has spiked on the border between the two countries
since Lebanese troops gunned down an Israeli soldier driving near the frontier
on 16 December.
Israel's border with Lebanon has been largely quiet since
the 2006 war with the Shi'ite movement Hezbollah.
The last time a soldier was killed there was in August 2010,
when two Lebanese soldiers and a journalist also died.
In August, four Israeli soldiers were wounded by an
explosion some 400 metres inside Lebanese territory, in a blast claimed by
Last week, Hezbollah said one of its top leaders was killed
near Beirut and blamed Israel for his murder - a charge denied by Israel, which
warned against any retaliation.
UNIFIL troops were deployed along the border following the
34-day war in 2006 which killed some 1 200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians,
and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.