Eastern Lebanon Town of Hermel hit by five rockets

Five rockets hit eastern Lebanon town of Hermel

Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:25PM GMT

Five rockets have landed in Lebanon’s eastern town of Hermel situated in the Bekaa Valley, security sources say.

The incident took place on Sunday, in the town near the border with Syria.

It was not immediately made clear whether the rockets were launched from inside Lebanon or Syria.

“Two rockets landed in the town of Hermel, in an area between the Mabarrat teaching association and the Masharia al-Qaa area, causing no casualties,” an unnamed source said.

“Another three rockets have landed now on the outskirts of Hermel,” the source added.

This is while Hermel and other areas of eastern Lebanon are considered to be strongholds of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah.

The latest strike comes as occasional cross-border rocket attacks have given rise to fears of the spillover of turmoil in Syria into Lebanon.

Meanwhile, on August 16, Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah accused Israeli-backed Takfiri militant groups of carrying out a car bomb attack in southern Beirut, killing 24 people.

Last month, two rockets fired from inside Syria hit a village located in northern Lebanon’s Akkar district, injuring a pregnant woman.

Foreign-sponsored militancy in Syria has claimed the lives of thousands of people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, since March 2011.

Western powers and their regional allies including the Israeli regime, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are partners in supporting anti-Syria militant groups, including al-Qaeda-linked terrorists, to destabilize Syria and overthrow the Syrian government.

Syria has repeatedly reported the infiltration of militants from Lebanon across its border.

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