The Israeli air force struck a Palestinian group in Lebanon on Friday, officials said, hours after a different organisation said it had fired four rockets at the Jewish state from Lebanon.
The raid, which the Lebanese army said caused no casualties or damage, nonetheless drew condemnation from the Lebanese government as a violation of its sovereignty after it had vowed to hunt down the perpetrators of Thursday's rocket fire.
Israeli aircraft "targeted a terror site located between Beirut and Sidon in response to a barrage of four rockets launched at northern Israel yesterday (Thursday)," the military said.
"The pilots reported direct hits to the target." Palestinian and Lebanese officials said the target was a position of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — General Command, a hardline but secular group that said it had nothing to do with Thursday's rocket fire.