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Four wounded in Bekaa Valley rocket attack

This Google Earth grab shows the Lebanese villages of Nabi Sheet and Janta.

BEIRUT: Four people were slightly wounded when five rockets from Syria hit the outskirts of a Bekaa Valley village Tuesday, a security source told The Daily Star.

The rockets, which landed in the Qantara Village in the area of Nabi Sheet, caused some material damage and fell near the residence of Ali Zein Musawi.

Musawi, along with his wife, Saadah, their grandchild and one of his friends were slightly wounded from glass that shattered as a result of the explosion.

In a statement, the Lebanese Army said three rockets from the Syrian side of the border hit Nabi Sheet and its outskirts, adding that one of the rockets landed near a house, wounding three people.

Rockets directed at the Bekaa Valley, particularly the Nabi Sheet area, have been claimed by radical Islamist groups fighting in Syria, citing Hezbollah's military role in the war torn country.

President Michel Sleiman reiterated his call for groups fighting in Syria to spare Lebanese border villages and their residents from their raging battles.

He condemned the wounding of Lebanese citizens and the damage to homes and properties, his office said.

“[Sleiman] asked the Army's leadership to take all necessary measures to defend border towns and protect civilians who are still paying for these conflicts with their lives and properties,” it added.

 

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