BAALBEK, Lebanon: Syrian aircraft hit two sites in east Lebanon Wednesday, a municipality official in the area told The Daily Star, in what, if confirmed, could be the second such attack this week.
Ahmad al-Fliti, the deputy mayor of Arsal, said two rockets landed in Wadi al-Khayl and another pair in Wadi al-Awayni, located at least 5 kilometers into Lebanese territory. The attacks took place at 3 p.m.
If confirmed, this would constitute the second aerial bombardment of Lebanese soil by the Syrian military after Damascus warned last week it would hit what it described as “armed gangs” – its term for rebels – in Lebanon if the halt of weapons and fighters across the border with its neighbor did not cease.
Syrian jets and helicopters fired four rockets hitting empty buildings inside Lebanon Monday, in an incident described by Lebanon’s president as an “unacceptable violation of the country's sovereignty."
The attack Wednesday came hours after the Lebanese government tasked the foreign minister to follow up with Syrian officials Monday’s airstrike on Lebanon.
President Michel Sleiman tasked Tuesday Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour to issue a complaint to Syrian officials over the attack.
However, Information Minister Walid Daouk said Wednesday the government had not requested Mansour file a complaint over the matter, even though it had discussed the issue during a Cabinet session.