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Lebanon: ISIS says behind rocket attacks on East Lebanon

5th Mar 2014

Three rockets allegedly fired by a jihadist group fighting in Syria struck East Lebanon on Tuesday, while Syrian helicopters fired five missiles at valleys on a border region, state news reported, one day following a similar set of attacks.

The al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria said it was behind Tuesday’s rocket attack that targeted the Bekaa town of Labwe in a statement posted to Twitter.

Later Tuesday, Syrian choppers fired three missiles at Wadi al-Arnab and two more at Wadi al-Rayan in the Ersal region according to Lebanon’s National News Agency.

The NNA said no one was injured in either of the attacks.

The events come one day after heavy rebel shelling injured four people in Bekaa.

Syrian rebels opposed to Hezbollah’s intervention in the three-year-old conflict have stepped up reprisals on Lebanese towns seen as sympathetic to the powerful movement.

Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon claimed responsibility for Monday’s shelling of Bekaa which was pounded by at least nine rockets.

Later in the evening Syrian helicopters fired missiles at valley in Lebanon’s eastern Ersal region known to be a transit point for smuggling weapons and fighters.


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