Lebanon News

Conflicting reports over Israeli airstrike on east Lebanon border area

A general view of the eastern Bekaa village of Brital, Lebanon, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (Rakan al-Fakih/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Lebanese media reported that Israeli jets carried out an airstrike in an eastern Lebanese border area Tuesday, which was later denied by Hezbollah's TV channel and security sources.

Local media channels reported that an Israeli raid targeted a Hezbollah outpost on the outskirts of the Bekaa Valley town of Brital.

However, a security source denied that any raid occured, saying Israeli jets only hovered over the area without bombing any targets.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV also denied that an Israeli raid targeted any of its positions in the Bekaa or Syria's Qalamoun region.

Another source had told The Daily Star that the raid occurred on the high-altitude hills between the Lebanese villages of Ham and Maaraboun.

The source added that it was not yet clear what the target of the raid was and whether it resulted in any casualties.

Israel has performed many airstrikes against Hezbollah interests along the Syrian-Lebanese border in the past.

The raids often target alleged shipments of weapons and military equipment.

The most notable of Israel's airstrikes was on a Hezbollah convoy in the Syrian Golan Heights town of Quneitra in January that killed six Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general.

Among Hezbollah’s casualties was Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of Hezbollah's senior commander Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed in a 2008 Mossad-led operation in Syria.





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