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Rockets hit Bekaa in retaliation for Syrian strike

Lebanese Army soldiers in the Bekaa Valley. (REUTERS/File/Hassan Abdallah)

BEIRUT/BAALBEK: Rockets apparently fired by Syrian rebels hit a Lebanese border town Monday, slightly wounding a Syrian national, hours after Syrian Army warplanes and helicopter gunships targeted the outskirts of a border town known for its support for Syrian opposition fighters.

Security sources told The Daily Star two rockets fired from the Eastern Mountain Range hit an area between the Bekaa Valley towns of Labweh and Nabi Othman.

A Syrian man was slightly wounded in the midday attack, Labweh Mayor Ramez Amhaz said.

The rockets were an apparent retaliation for an aerial Syrian attack earlier in the day.

Syrian warplanes fired eight missiles around 10 a.m., targeting the Hammouda-Zaarour-Wadi Kabir triangle at the far end of Arsal.

The area, which is used as a cherry orchard, is normally packed with Arsal residents at this time of year due to the harvest season.

Shortly afterward, Syrian helicopter gunships sweeped Arsal's outskirts. No casualties were reported.





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