Israel's artillery responded to the rockets by striking Lebanese territory and then with raids targeting their launch sites (Photo by Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)

On Wednesday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price condemned the attack by armed groups based in Lebanon on Israeli territory.

In a press conference, Price reiterated the position of US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken that Israel has the right to defend itself against these attacks.

He stressed that the United States remains engaged with its Israeli partners, Lebanese officials, and other partners in the region in efforts to reduce the escalation.

On Wednesday, three missiles were fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel, which responded by striking Lebanese territory and then with raids targeting the launch sites, according to the Israeli army.

The rockets landed near the northern town of Kiryat Shmona, whose residents rushed to bomb shelters after sirens sounded.

According to the Magen David Adom ambulance service, four patients were diagnosed with panic. The army did not announce restrictions on the movement of residents in the area.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who was with Defense Minister Benny Gantz in Parliament (Knesset), indicated that they had been “brought” to the events and that the leadership was following up on the matter.

On the 20th of last July, Israeli artillery bombarded Lebanon in response to missile attacks carried out from its territory.

It is noteworthy that the last launch of rockets from Lebanon into Israel took place in May, during the 11-day war between the Jewish state and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.

The incident comes on the first anniversary of the explosion in the port of Beirut, which killed 214 people, injured more than 6,500, and destroyed several neighborhoods in the Lebanese capital.

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