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Lebanon charges 14 in rocket attack

A Lebanese soldier checks the site where two rocket launch pads were found in Ballouneh, Friday, June 21, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Fourteen people, including Lebanese and Syrians, were charged Wednesday in the investigation of a rocket attack this summer that struck power lines in Aley.

A judicial source said Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr filed charges against the men, seven of whom are in custody, including two Lebanese and five Syrians.

Those at large also include Lebanese and Syrian nationals, the source told The Daily Star.

The suspects are believed to be part of a cell that fired a rocket towards a valley in Jamhour in June. One rocket hit a high-tension electricity cable in Aley that supplied 150 kilowatts of electricity from the Jamhour power station. The Army disabled a second rocket from being fired.

The judicial source said the second rocket was aimed in the direction of the Hezbollah-controlled southern suburbs of Beirut.

Two rocket launch pads were found in the Kesrouan town of Ballouneh hours after the power line was struck.

Saqr charged all 14 men with belonging to an “armed terrorist organization with the aim to carry out terrorist acts.”

He also charged them with buying and preparing explosive materials as well as firing rockets.

The suspects were charged with “attempting to murder individuals and spread panic and terror among citizens.”

They could face the death penalty if convicted.





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