IDF says Hamas behind rocket barrage from Lebanon

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Military spokesman Daniel Hagari says the Gaza Strip-based Hamas terror group is behind the rocket fire from Lebanon.

In a briefing with reporters, Hagari notes the attack comes amid clashes between police and Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

Hagari says the Israel Defense Forces is looking into Iranian involvement in the attack, but says it was carried out by Hamas.

Hamas is also behind recent rocket fire from Gaza, he says.

He adds that while the IDF sees a “convergence of the arenas,” the West Bank is relatively calm, and there are no changes to Israeli policy on the Temple Mount, with Jews generally being unable to visit during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

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