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Lebanon: Israel strikes at Lebanon target after rocket salvo

23rd Aug 2013

The Israeli air force has bombed a military target in Lebanon after four rockets were fired across the border, apparently by an al Qaeda-linked group. Israel has said it holds the Lebanese government responsible.

Israeli aircraft struck on Friday morning, claiming the attack was in retaliation for rockets being fired into its territory from northern neighbor Lebanon.

An Israeli military source claimed that the “terror site” that was bombed was close to Na’meh, between the capital, Beirut, and the southern port of Sidon.

“Israel will not tolerate terrorist aggression originating from Lebanese territory,” military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said in a statement announcing the strike.

A statement from the Israeli army said that it held Lebanon responsible for the rocket barrage. “The pilots reported direct hits to the target,” it added.

Islamist group claims responsibility

Four rockets had been fired into Israel from Lebanon on Thursday, two of which hit populated areas and caused damage but no injuries. The al Qaeda-linked group Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the rocket salvo. Similar attacks were claimed by the group in 2009 and 2011.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had earlier promised to hit back against the perpetrators. “Anyone who harms us, or tries to harm us, should know – we will strike them,” he said.

The rocket attacks were condemned by Lebanese Prime Minister Michel Suleiman, who said they were a violation of a United Nations Security Council resolution that ended a 34-day conflict between Israel and Hezbollah militants in 2006. Israel and Lebanon are still technically at war, with the Jewish state having launched a number of attacks on the country since a UN peacekeeping mission, UNIFIL, was established there in 1978.

rc/pfd (AFP, Reuters)


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