Sixteen rockets fired from Syria hit Lebanon

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Published Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sixteen rockets fired from Syria struck Lebanese border villages overnight causing only material damage, state news reported Saturday.

Firefighters extinguished some fields that had caught fire in the attacks, the report added, without specifying which towns were struck.

The attacks come one day after 12 rocket-propelled grenades fired from Syria hit Lebanon’s Wadi Khaled region.

Attacks on Lebanon have escalated in recent weeks as Syrian rebels have vowed to strike the country in what they describe as retaliation for Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian war.

Rocket attacks on Lebanon’s border Hermel region left a 17-year-old girl dead and other members of her family injured Monday.

Several others were wounded Tuesday when a barrage of rockets launched from Syria hit the same area.

And on Sunday, in the first strike near Lebanon’s capital since shelling started, two rockets struck a southern suburb of Beirut injuring four Syrian workers.

Those rockets, launched from hills several kilometers southeast of Beirut, hit the Chiyah district where Hezbollah maintains strong support.

Without explicitly claiming responsibility for the incident, Ammar al-Wawi, a Syrian rebel commander, later told LBCI news that the country should expect more attacks, including on the airport, should Hezbollah fail to withdraw from Syria.



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