Six rocket barrages were fired at northern Israel from the areas of Wadi Saluki and Kabriah Majdel-Silim in south Lebanon towards the Northern Gallilee but landed in Syrian territory Saturday.
The IDF noted that this was the second Hizbullah rocket fire attempt which landed across the border, indicating the terror group’s intentions to drag Syria into the Israeli-Lebanese conflict.
IDF soldiers operate in south Lebanon (Photo: Reuters)
Meanwhile, on the battlefield, after massive IDF operations in Tyre and the surrounding area, the army planned to target the town of Sidon directly north of Tyre. On Saturday afternoon the IDF called on residents of the area to evacuate their homes immediately and move north.
The IDF said they warned residents in attempt to avoid civilian casualties.
“For your own personal safety, read the message and act accordingly,” read flyers scattered in the area. “In your area criminal terrorist activity is being carried out in the firing of missiles towards Israel. The IDF will use full force against the terror gangs starting very soon. For your own safety, you must immediately leave the area and move north. Whoever stays endangers their lives. (Signed) The State of Israel.”
Sources in the IDF explained that the call “was made for the personal safety of local residents, so they would not be in the area of the fighting, as Hizbullah operates from within civilian populations and exploits them as ‘human shields.’ The IDF does not see the population of Lebanon as an enemy, and does not wish to harm it.”
Meanwhile, infantry and tank units operating in the eastern sector identified a rocket launcher aimed at Maalot near Bint Jbeil in southern Lebanon. The forces managed to destroy it. Additionally, trooped destroyed the mortar launcher used in the attack which killed IDF soldier Sergeant Or Shahar during battles overnight.