Children inspect the site of a rocket attack in Arsal, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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Sectarian tensions soared in the northeastern Bekaa Valley Friday, as a rocket attack killed eight people including five children in the town of Arsal, one day after a suicide attack killed five people in the town of Hermel.Residents of Arsal accused Hezbollah of firing the five rockets, claims strongly denied by the party. The Lebanese Army said the rockets were fired from Syria. The attack on predominantly Sunni Arsal came one day after a suicide bombing rocked the mainly Shiite town of Hermel, also in the northeastern Bekaa Valley, killing five.Ali Hujeiry, the mayor of Arsal, along with prominent figures of the town, accused Hezbollah of firing the rockets on Arsal. The Army confirmed the attacks on Arsal, saying 20 rockets and shells from Syria hit Ras Baalbek, Kawakh and Bwayda in Hermel, Masharih al-Qaa and Arsal, resulting in "casualties and material damage".
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