Four Israeli jets seen in the sky over Beirut

Israeli warplanes flew over south Lebanon, the Bekaa Valley and Beirut Monday morning after a woman was wounded in the south when a Katyusha rocket, apparently aimed at Israel, hit her home.

A security source told The Daily Star that four Israeli jets flew at high altitude between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Monday over villages in the Bint Jbeil border area in south Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley in the east before hovering in circles over the capital.

Naseera Ali Abbas, 55, was wounded in various parts of her body, including seriously in her leg, when a rocket penetrated the ceiling and landed in the bedroom of her house in the border town of Houla shortly before midnight, the source said.

Her seven-year-old son, who was sleeping in bed with her, was unscathed, added the source, who spoke to The Daily Star on condition of anonymity.

A Lebanese Army statement said a rocket fired from the outskirts of the town of Majdal Silm hit a house in Houla in the Marjayoun region at 11:00 p.m. Sunday “seriously wounding a woman and inflicting heavy damage to her house.”

The rocket was fired from Wadi al-Qaissiya, which borders Majdal Silm, the security source told The Daily Star.

The rocket was fired from Wadi al-Qaissiya on the outskirts of the southern village of Majdal Silm, the security source told The Daily Star.

Wadi al-Qaissiya was known to be a rocket-launching site during the 2006 30 Day war, when dozens of missiles were fired into Israel.

There were no comments yet from Hezbollah on the Katyusha attack.

“The party is likely to issue a statement once the probe has been completed,” Hezbollah’s office told The Daily Star.

The incident follows a Nov. 29 rocket attack on Israel, when at least one missile fired from south Lebanon hit the Western Galilee region, prompting Israeli troops to retaliate by firing six artillery shells. It was the first such incident in two years.

Israeli troops were reportedly patrolling Monday the fence along the border with Lebanon, particularly the area adjacent to al-Abbad position which overlooks Houla.

Lebanese troops threw a security dragnet Monday around Naseera’s home and opened a probe into the rocket attack.

UNIFIL troops later arrived on the scene to join investigations into the incident.