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Lebanon foils bid to launch rockets at Israel

A file photo of a Katyusha rocket in south Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: Two katyusha rockets aimed at Israel and set to launch were discovered Monday in the southern region of Mazraat Halta, near the occupied Kfar Shuba Hills, a security source told The Daily Star.

The source said the rockets were defused by security forces.

According to the source, attempts to launch rockets from Lebanon to Israel occur every time there is an aggression against Gaza.

Launching rockets from Lebanon to Israel is usually done as a message of solidarity with Gaza, the source said.

Security sources told The Daily Star the rockets could reach 7 kilometers into Israel if launched in full power.

The sources said that the two rockets were placed 4 kilometers away from the Lebanese-Israeli borders.

Hours later, the Army said a military patrol unit discovered the rockets Monday afternoon and that a military expert dismantled them.

"An Army patrol unit discovered this afternoon in the area between the village of Halta and Mari in the qada of Hasbaya two 107 mm Grad rockets set to launch," the Army said in a statement.

A probe had been launched into the incident, it added.

 

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