Incident Summary:

01/08/2009: On Thursday, at least three rockets were fired into Israel from Lebanon. Officials said the rockets fell around the town of Nahariya, five miles (eight kilometers) south of the Lebanese border, slightly wounding two people. The Israeli army said it returned fire into Lebanon, aiming at the source of the attack. The Lebanese government condemned the attack and said it is trying to determine who launched the rockets. Lebanon's Information minister Tareq Mitri said he does not believe the Lebanese-militant group, Hezbollah, is responsible. A Hezbollah minister in Lebanon's Cabinet is denying any involvement by the militant group in the firing of rockets from Lebanon into Israel. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command later claimed responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Nahariyya

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description The town of Nahariya
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Three rockets were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The most recent available sources listed the number of weapons for this attack from three to four, so the majority weapon figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database. Furthermore, it is unclear if the town of Nahariya was the target of this attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Ibrahim Barzak, Steve Weizman, Associated Press, “Rockets Hit North Israel, Could Open Second Front,” LexisNexis Academic, January 08, 2009.
Associated Press, "Hezbollah Denies Firing Rockets on Israel," LexisNexis Academic, January 08, 2009.
BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union, "Russia Concerned Over Missile Attack on Israel," LexisNexis Academic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 08, 2009.