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Army defuses another rocket aimed at Israel

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

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army defused another rocket aimed and set to launch at Israel in South Lebanon Thursday, a statement from the army said.

Army units discovered the rocket in the morning in the southern region of Marjayoun.

Two similar rockets were fired towards Israel the day before but landed Lebanese territories.

The army statement said that unidentified people launched the two rockets from Marjayoun towards Israel Wednesday, but the rockets fell short in the village of Sahl al-Khiam.

The army said the United Interim Forces in Lebanon and army units patrolled the area and began an investigation into the incident.

On Monday, Lebanese officials also foiled an attempt to launch rockets towards Israel, and defused two katyusha rockets in the southern region of Mazraat Halta.

The incidents coincided with a weeklong attack by Israel against Gaza before an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire was announced Wednesday.

Earlier this week, a source told The Daily Star that 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.

 

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