Rockets fired from Lebanon strike northern Israel: officials

Two rockets fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel on Sunday, causing no injuries or damage, and Israel’s military responded with artillery fire across the border, officials said.

israelmissle_small Rockets fired from Lebanon strike northern Israel: officials

The Lebanese rockets landed near the town of Kiryat Shmona, the military said in a statement, adding that it “responded with artillery fire towards the source of the launch”.

A Reuters witness in the Lebanon frontier area said more than 20 Israeli shells hit near two southern border towns.

The Israeli-Lebanese border has been largely quiet since Israel and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia fought a 34-day war in 2006.

But tension spiked this month when a Lebanese soldier killed an Israeli soldier across the border fence, after which a U.N. peacekeeping force met both sides to restore calm.

Officials suggested at the time that the shooting had been the isolated action of an individual.

Israel names Palestinian prisoners to be released

Israel has announced the names of 26 long-serving Palestinian prisoners it will release this week.

Israel released the list late Saturday. All were convicted in connection to the killing of Israelis.

The Israeli government said the crimes were committed prior to the beginning of the initial Israeli-Palestinians peace talks in 1993. All have served sentences of between 19 and 28 years.

Under heavy pressure from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the sides resumed peace talks in July. As a precondition, the Palestinians were forced to drop a demand for a halt in settlement construction. In exchange, Israel agreed to release 104 of the longest-serving Palestinian prisoners it holds. This week’s release will be the third of four planned phases.

Relatives of the victims have been protesting against the release.