Hezbollah claims responsibility for rocket fire into Israel

Hezbollah rocket fire from south Lebanon draws retaliatory Israeli strikes
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Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the rockets fired into Israel on Friday.
There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties [Getty]

Israeli warplanes struck Lebanon for a second straight day Friday after more than 10 rockets were fired across the border amid rising tensions with Iran, the military said.

Shia militant group Hezbollah, with which Israel fought a devastating 2006 war, claimed the rocket fire, which came as tensions flare between Israel and Hezbollah ally Iran.

The air force is "currently striking the launch sources in Lebanon", the Israeli army said.

"More than 10 rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory. Most of the rockets were intercepted by the... aerial defence system while the rest of them landed in open areas adjacent to Har Dov," the disputed Shebaa Farms border district, the air force said on Twitter.

The Israeli military said sirens had sounded in the Upper Galilee in northern Israel, and in the Golan Heights, part of territory Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

Rockets fired from Lebanon two days ago drew retaliatory Israeli shelling and air strikes, in an escalation of cross-border hostilities amid friction with Iran.