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Twelve rockets hit Brital, Syrian jets bomb border

BAALBEK, Lebanon: Twelve rockets from Syria landed near two villages in Baalbek Monday hours after Syrian jets bombed areas near the border with Lebanon, a security source told The Daily Star.

The rockets fired from Syria fell near Hor Taala and Brital, causing material damage, the source said, adding that there were no casualties.

The Nusra Front claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Earlier in the day, Syrian jets fired 12 missiles into the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal.

By evening, Syrian warplanes were still flying over the mountainous areas of Arsal, which lies adjacent to the borders with Syria, according to the security source.

Last week the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria claimed responsibility for three rockets that struck Brital and damaged several houses, citing Hezbollah’s role in Syria.

Brital is strongly associated with Hezbollah, which is fighting alongside regime forces in Syria, while Arsal is known for supporting the Syrian opposition.

A little girl, whose name and age were not immediately disclosed, was lightly wounded by two rockets that slammed into the Brital neighborhood of Wadi Shalah.

The rocket attack on Brital last week came three hours after Syrian jets launched an air raid on Arsal.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 04, 2014, on page 3.




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