POLICY Statement

April 7, 2023: ATFL Condemns Rocket Fire Into Israel from Lebanese Territory

April 07, 2023
Washington, DC, April 7th, 2023, the American Task Force on Lebanon (ATFL), a leadership organization of Americans of Lebanese descent, condemns the firing of dozens of rockets into Israel from Lebanese territory. 
On Thursday, media reports stated that 34 rockets were fired from Lebanon, 25 of which were intercepted, and 5 of which landed in Israel. This is the largest launch since the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah war. Israel responded by carrying out airstrikes late Thursday evening, reporting that they targeted the militant group Hamas in southern Lebanon.
On Friday, the Lebanese Armed Forces reported locating a rocket launcher, including several rockets, in the town of Marjayoun, close to the Israeli border.
At the present moment, investigations are ongoing as to who the perpetrators of the launch are. 
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon issued a statement warning that the current situation is, “very serious,” and is urging, “restraint and to avoid further escalation.”
“ATFL condemns the use of Lebanese territory as a base of operations for groups looking to attack Israel,” said ATFL President Ed Gabriel. “We call for calm and de-escalation from Israel and militant groups operating in Lebanese territory. Provocative actions from all sides must stop,” he added.
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