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Lebanon charges three over rocket attack into Israel

Civil Defense and UNIFIL soldiers arrive at the site where rockets were launched into Israel, on the outskirts of Tyre in Beirut, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

BEIRUT: Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr Monday charged three people with endangering Lebanon’s security over a recent rocket attack from Lebanese territory into Israel, judicial sources said.

The charges were filed against Youssef Mohammad Fliti and Omar Abdel-Mawla al-Atrash who confessed to providing the four rockets used in the Aug. 22 rocket from south Lebanon into Israel.

Charges were filed against a third person who was not identified and remains at large.

The charges included “endangering Lebanon’s safety.”

In a statement over the weekend, the Army said Fliti and Atrash both confessed they had transferred four Katyusha rockets from the West Bekaa village of Gaza and delivered them to a man in Tyre.

The barrage of rockets into Israel from Tyre, south Lebanon, was met with swift retaliation from the Israeli air force, which on Aug. 23 fired a missile at a base belonging to an armed Palestinian faction south of Lebanese capital.

 

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