- The Washington Times - Friday, July 11, 2014

Israel fielded more rocket fire on Friday — but this time, from Lebanon, driving fears that a new set of militants may have jumped aboard the Hamas bandwagon to assault the Jewish nation.

A military spokesman from Lebanon said three rockets were fired at Israel in the early morning hours and landed in a northern section of the nation, Fox News reported. Israel, in turn, fired about 25 artillery shells back at Lebanon.

Troops with Lebanon’s government then joined with peacekeepers from the United Nations to search the area for signs of who — or which group — launched the attack, Fox News said.

Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said his nation had been half expecting militants from Lebanon to join in the Hamas attack, but that analysts weren’t yet clear if the attack was “symbolic or something more substantial,” Fox News reported.

The southern portion of Lebanon is a Hezbollah stronghold. But the Jerusalem Post reported that senior Israeli officials didn’t think Hezbollah had launched the attack, but rather a small radical group.

Israel continues to field and exchange fire with Hamas in Gaza. In the last four days, Gaza radicals have shot off more than 550 rockets at Israel, most of which have been intercepted by the “Iron Dome” defense system.

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