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Army locates rocket launching pad in south Lebanon

Lebanese soldiers find rockets that were ready to be launched into Israel, on Friday, July 11, 2014, (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: A patrol from the Lebanese Armed Forces Saturday located the launching pad for katyusha rockets fired early Thursday from south Lebanon, after roughly 10 rockets were fired at Israel in less than a week.

The perpetrators, who remain at large, fired the rockets from a field in the Hasbaya village of Rashaya al-Foukhar, the same place where the Army located the launching pad.

The attack missed the target and landed in the outskirts of Khiam -- a large town in south Lebanon.

Lebanese security forces have launched an investigation in search of the perpetrators.

Army investigators are also looking into how the rockets were transported, deployed and launched from Lebanese territory.

The Army last week arrested a suspect linked to recent rocket fire, after intensifying its efforts to track down the perpetrators of recent rocket attacks into Israel.

Both the Army and UN interim Forces have amped up security along the Lebanese-Israeli border in order to prevent a reoccurrence of the attacks.

Security forces also erected a string of new checkpoints that begin at the Tyre town of Qana, passing through the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidieh and ending at Naqoura.

Two rockets were fired at Israel from the area of Qulayleh near the southern port city of Tyre last Monday. The Israeli army confirmed that the projectiles hit the Jewish state, prompting Israeli artillery to shell the launch site.

Also fired from south Lebanon, two rockets struck northern Israel last Sunday night, triggering Israeli retaliatory fire on the outskirts of Rashidieh.

Three rockets had been fired from the same area last Saturday, and three others were launched Friday toward Israel from the village of Mari in Hasbaya. The rocket attacks came as Israel launched its two week brutal aggression against Gaza Strip.

The Army had imposed strict measures in the region south of the Litani River that is bound by Resolution 1701, which ended Israel’s 2006 war on Lebanon.

The resolution bans Hezbollah from maintaining an armed presence in the area, restricting it to forces from the Army and the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon.

 

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