3 rockets from Lebanon hit northern Israel, no injuries

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Posted: Dec 20, 2015 8:02 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Three rockets fired from southern Lebanon landed in northern Israel on Sunday and the Israeli military responded with "targeted artillery fire," Israeli officials said. No injuries or damage was reported.

Sirens wailed in northern Israel where the rockets hit and the Israeli army said it "holds the Lebanese Army responsible for attacks emanating from its territory."

Lebanese security officials said the rockets were fired from an area south of the Lebanese port city of Tyre. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

The rocket fire came amid tensions on the border after Samir Kantar, a fighter from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah who carried out a notorious attack in Israel, was killed in Syria in an airstrike. Hezbollah blamed Israel for the airstrike and said it would avenge his death. There was no confirmation that the rocket attacks were linked to the Hezbollah threat.

Kantar spent nearly 30 years in an Israeli prison after being convicted of the 1979 killing an Israeli policeman along with a father and his 4-year-old daughter. He was returned to Lebanon in a controversial prisoner exchange.