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Two rockets from Syria hit Bekaa Valley village

File - Lebanese soldiers stand at a checkpoint in Labweh, Monday, March 25, 2013. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)

BEIRUT: Two rockets from Syria landed in the Bekaa Valley village of Labweh Tuesday, security sources said, hours before Syrian jets bombed areas in the northeastern town of Arsal.

The rockets caused material damage, landing between houses in the mainly Shiite village, the sources said, adding that there were no reports of causalities.

Angered at the repeated rocket attacks from Syria, a number of residents in the village blocked a road leading to Arsal, a mainly Sunni border town known for its support of Syrian rebel groups.

Labweh is strongly associated with Hezbollah, which is fighting alongside forces loyal to President Bashar Assad against armed opposition groups in Syria.

Hours after the rocket attack in Labweh, Syrian jets fired five missiles at two separate locations in Arsal, the National News Agency reported.

Two rockets landed in Wadi al-Royan and three in Wadi al-Arnab, the agency said, adding that there were no reports of casualties.

Predominantly Shiite areas of east Lebanon have been targeted by frequent rocket attacks from Syria that have been claimed by radical Islamist groups linked to Al-Qaeda.

On Monday, 12 rockets from Syria stuck near two villages in Baalbek. The Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front claimed responsibility.





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