File - This handout photo shows Atwe, left, sitting with Abdul Aziz al-Rantisi in 1992. (The Daily Star/HO)
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Hussein Izzat Atwe, the man who single-handedly fired rockets at Israel last week, grew up in the Hasbaya town of Hebbarieh in south Lebanon.Hebbarieh is one of several towns known to have fought alongside Palestinian militants against the Israeli occupation, and has enjoyed political diversity, overshadowed by the historical presence of al-Jamaa al-Islamiya, to which Atwe belongs, and leftist forces including the Lebanese Communist Party.During the Israeli occupation of south Lebanon from 1982 to 2000, a number of Hebbarieh's men were imprisoned in Israeli jails. According to Abdel-Hakim, Atwe was raised to believe in the resistance, as towns in south Lebanon have been historically subjected to Israeli violations.Atwe was a member of Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya and its military wing, the Fajr Brigades, which was formed in Sidon in response to the Israeli invasion of 1982 .Atwe would often visit them and offer his services.Abdel-Hakim says that on the morning the rockets were launched, neither he nor his family were made aware of his brother's plans.While Atwe was expert enough to train others in rocket launching, something had gone wrong that morning, Abdel-Hakim explained.
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