Lebanon Rocket Strikes Israel

Latest violence in advance of Bush visit
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2008 5:02 AM CST
Israelis pause as an Israeli soldier, center, examines the remains of an exploded rocket, fired from Lebanon, after it landed in the northern town of Shlomi Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. A rocket fired from...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A rocket launched from Lebanon exploded in northern Israel before dawn today, causing no injuries but serving as a potential harbinger of other attacks in advance of President Bush's three-day trip to Israel that begins tomorrow. Israeli authorities blamed the attack on the Jihadi Badr Brigades, which also attacked from Lebanon in June.

The rocket “made a hole in the wall,” said a woman in Shlomi, whose porch was hit. An earlier rocket last week hit further into Israel than ever before, prompting cross-border raids by the Israeli Defense Force. Despite reports of up to three rocket strikes today, police have only confirmed one.