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Labweh hit by rockets fired from Syria

Residents gather at the site of a rocket attack in Labweh, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

BEIRUT: Two rockets that were fired from Syria landed in the Bekaa Valley village of Labweh Tuesday, security sources said, with the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, a rebel group fighting in Syria, claiming responsibility for the attack.

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

In a statement on its Twitter account, ISIS said the attack “was a response to Hezbollah’s involvement in the Yabroud battles.”

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

Angered at repeated rocket attacks from Syria, residents in the village blocked the main road from Labweh to Arsal, a mainly Sunni border town known for its support for the Syrian opposition.

The Army re-opened the Labweh-Arsal road and dispersed the crowd after a few hours.

Shortly 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 hit Wadi al-Arnab, the agency said. 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.

Twelve rockets from Syria struck near two villages in Baalbek Monday. The Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front claimed responsibility.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 05, 2014, on page 3.




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