JERUSALEM -- A rocket attack from Lebanon rattled residents of northern Israel on Thursday evening, sending many fleeing to bomb shelters, and stirring painful memories of the 2006 Lebanon War.
There were no reports of damage or injuries.
Israel Defense Forces confirmed that one rocket was destroyed over Israeli territory by the Iron Dome missile defense system, and that two or three landed outside of Israel, said IDF spokesman Peter Lerner.
It was the first rocket attack from southern Lebanon since 2011.
Though initial Lebanese media reports suggested that Hezbollah launched the attack, Israeli officials said they believe that the rockets were fired by an Al Qaeda-related group, known as Global Jihad, operating from the Lebanese village of Tyre.
“This was an unprovoked attack against Israel and its citizens,’’ Lerner said
Local residents told Israeli media that explosions could be heard from the Israeli towns of Nahariya and Acre. Northern airports were closed as a precaution, and residents were ordered to take cover in shelters.
It was a rare flare-up of violence along the Israel-Lebanon border, which has remained relatively quiet since the two countries fought a monthlong war in 2006.
Earlier this month, four Israeli soldiers were wounded by an explosion as they patrolled on the Lebanese side of the border. Hezbollah later claimed responsibility for bombing the patrol, which it said violated Lebanese territory.