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Rockets from Syria kill one in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley

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

HERMEL: Eight rockets from Syria hit two villages in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley Saturday, killing one person and wounding three others, security sources told The Daily Star. 

Four of the rockets landed in the eastern village of Nabi Othman while the other four struck the nearby village of Labweh.

One of the wounded was in critical condition, the sources said.

Media reports said the source of fire was from the northeastern town of Arsal.

Predominantly-Shiite Bekaa Valley villages have been the target of frequent rocket attacks in the past weeks. Some of the salvos were claimed by radical Islamist groups, citing Hezbollah’s military role in Syria.

The Lebanese Army confirmed the rocket attack, saying a military unit inspected the sites of the explosions to determine the source of fire. 

Angered by the attacks, several people blocked the road connecting Baalbek to Hermel and abducted three men from Arsal, a majority-Sunni area known for its closeness to the armed Syrian opposition.

Three men and two women were in the same vehicle that was stopped on the Baalbek road. The kidnappers snatched the men while the women fled. The men were released a short time later.

 

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Summary

Eight rockets from Syria hit two villages in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley Saturday, killing one person and wounding three others, security sources told The Daily Star.

Four of the rockets landed in the eastern village of Nabi Othman while the other four struck the nearby village of Labweh.

Angered by the attacks, several people blocked the road connecting Baalbek to Hermel and abducted three men from Arsal, a majority-Sunni area known for its closeness to the armed Syrian opposition.


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