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More rockets hit Bekaa Valley towns

Lebanese soldiers patrol the highway between Labweh and Arsal. (File/The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)

BEIRUT: Rockets from Syria hit two Bekaa Valley villages early Wednesday shortly after a Syrian warplane raided the outskirts of a border town known for its support for Syrian opposition fighters.

A Lebanese Army statement said a Syrian jet fired three rockets into the barren terrain surrounding Arsal shortly before midnight.

Less than 20 minutes later, three rockets fired from the Eastern Mountain Range targeted the Bekaa Valley towns of Labweh and Nabi Othman, the statement added.

No casualties were reported in the attacks, the Army said.

Security sources earlier told The Daily Star that one of the rockets fell on a public park in Labweh while the second crashed near a local resident’s house in nearby Nabi Othman, causing material damage.

At midday, another rocket fired from Syrian territory fell between the Bekaa village of Taibeh and Britel. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The militant group Liwaa Ahrar al-Sunna-Baalbek claimed the attack on Britel, another Shiite town associated with Hezbollah.

“As part of a series of imminent victories, we shelled Brital and we will continue to do so until traces of impurity are removed,” the group, which has claimed previous rocket attacks, said in a Tweet.

Islamist rebel groups fighting in Syria have claimed responsibility for similar attacks on predominantly-Shiite towns in the past, citing Hezbollah's role in the Syrian crisis.





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