Rocket fired from Lebanon hits northern Israel

Rocket fired from Lebanon hits northern Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- A rocket fired from southern Lebanon hit northern Israel on Saturday night, a spokesperson with the Israeli military told Xinhua.

The rocket fell in an open field east of the town of Akko, causing no damage or injury, the spokesperson said, adding that the Lebanese army and the UN peace-keeping force in Lebanon have been notified.

No organization has immediately claimed responsibility for the launch. Local media reported that Israel fired artillery into Lebanon in response.

The incident occurred as the deadly war between Israel and the Hamas movement in Gaza enters its 47th day. The death toll in Gaza has climbed to more than 2,000, according to local health officials.

Since the latest war between Israel and Hezbollah, the Shiite paramilitary group that largely controls southern Lebanon, there has been relative calm along the Israel-Lebanon border, only with sporadic fire trades.